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Making Music Matters sets goal to raise $6,000 in annual raffle, plus incentives for our student sellers

Making Music Matters is pleased to announce our 5th annual raffle. It is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we hope to surpass last year’s results by selling $6,000 in raffle tickets.

Five lucky raffle ticket purchasers will win a Chromebook laptop computer. We will hold five separate drawings, one for each Making Music Matters school.

Tickets are on sale now. Sales will continue through December 19. Tickets are $2 each or a book of three tickets is just $5. Tickets may be purchased from students of Making Music Matters, and books of tickets may be purchased online by following this link:

Winners will be drawn and notified on Wednesday, December 20.

As an added incentive this year, our student sellers have an opportunity to win prizes for selling the most tickets. Our top four winners will receive Blue Man Group tickets, a $50 Amazon gift card, or Providence Bruins tickets. In order to be eligible for this contest, students must turn in their raffle ticket stubs and money by Friday, December 15. Each of the stubs must have the student’s name clearly written.

Please help keep us keep Making Music Matters in our schools and support our raffle!

Mark your calendars! In-school concerts in November!

Families and friends of Making Music Matters students are invited to attend the in-school concerts, which will be from November 14-17 at the respective schools during the school day.

A special request for parents and guardians of Making Music Matters students: Please help your child to remember to bring their instrument to school on their performance day, or they will be unable to perform.

Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, November 14
Ohrenberger Grade 5, 8:50 am
Bates Grade 3, 10:00 am
Bates Grade 5, 10:45 am
Conley Grade 5, 12:00 noon

Wednesday, November 15
Beethoven Grade 3, 9:00 am
Bates Grade 4, 10:00 am
Conley Grade 4, 12:00 noon

Thursday, November 16
Ohrenberger Grade 4, 8:50 am
Philbrick Grades 4 and 5, 10:45 am
Conley Grade 3, 12:00 noon

Friday, November 17
Ohrenberger Grade 3, 8:50 am
Mozart Grades 4 and 5, 1:00 pm
Mozart Grade 3, 2:00 pm

Enrollment for lessons is open

Lessons for the new school year begin September 26!

Making Music Matters is preparing for a busy year, as we expect to enroll more than 500 Boston Public School students this month. 

Our free instrumental music lessons in the clarinet, flute, trumpet and violin are offered to 3rd grade students at the Beethoven School, 4th and 5th grade students at the Philbrick School, and 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students at the Bates School, Conley School, Ohrenberger School, and Mozart School.  This is the first year 3rd grade students from the Conley School are eligible.

3rd grade students receive instruction on multiple instruments.  4th and 5th grade students choose one instrument to play throughout the year. 

Making Music Matters lessons occur in the schools during the school day, making it both unique and accessible to our students. 

In order to secure a seat in a lesson, enrollment forms must be completed and returned to the school with a $50 money order to pay for the cost of the instrument rental for the course of the school year. Checks are not accepted for instrument rental.  Incomplete enrollment packets will be returned home.   

Enrollment packets have been distributed to eligible students at their schools.  They are, also, available to print in the "For Parents" section of  Additionally, enrollment packets in Spanish are available in hard copy from the schools and for print in the "For Parents" section of 

Seats in the lessons are filled on a first come, first serve basis.         

Final concerts scheduled

Posted: May 18, 2017    Updated:  May 26, 2017

The final in-school concerts of the year will take place from May 30-June 9.  All concerts will be held in the respective schools during the school day.  Families and friends are invited to attend and asked to check in with the school office upon arrival.  Students will meet with their instructors for warm-ups 15 minutes prior to concert times listed below.  

Tuesday, May 30, 9:00 am - Ohrenberger Grade 5  New date!

Wednesday, May 31, 9:00 am - Beethoven Grade 3

Thursday, June 1, 11:45 am - Conley Grades 4 & 5

Thursday, June 1, 9:00 am - Ohrenberger Grade 4

Friday, June 2, 9:00 am - Ohrenberger Grade 3

Tuesday, June 6, 10:00 am - Bates Grade 4

Tuesday, June 6, 10:45 am - Bates Grade 3

Wednesday, June 7, 10:00 am - Bates Grade 5

Thursday, June 8, 10:45 am - Philbrick Grades 4 & 5

Friday, June 9, 9:45 am* Mozart Grades 4 & 5 *

Friday, June 9, 12:45 pm Mozart Grade 3 *  New time!

* The Mozart School final concert for 4th and 5th grades will be a part of the Mozart Celebration in the morning from 9:45-11:00. Student warm-ups will begin at 9:30.  The 3rd grade mini concert is not part of the Mozart Celebration and will take place during their regular lesson time.

Almost halfway to our Spring Fundraiser 2017 goal

Help us reach our goal so that we can continue to bring Making Music Matters to six Boston Public Schools!

We are asking our friends and families to help us raise $6,000 to support our program so that we can continue to bring high quality music education to BPS students. Many have responded, and we are sincerely thankful. For those who have not yet contributed, there is still time!

Some don't know that Making Music Matters instructors also teach at local music schools including Brookline Music School, the Suzuki School of Newton, All Newton Music School, and Rivers School Conservatory. These are all highly regarded music schools and conservatories that charge over $1,000 per year for music lessons. Making Music Matters lessons are free, with parents required to pay only the small instrument rental fee.

Here is what some of our donors this spring are saying about our program:

Making Music Matters is a wonderful organization. Our son has learned so much in the program, and our family is delighted to support MMM. -M.H.

This is an amazing program to introduce musical instruments to Boston school kids. I'm excited to support it!  -B.O.

Love MMM! -K.O.

If you haven't already, please support Making Music Matters now by making a donation.


or send cash or check payable to Making Music Matters to any of our schools

Thank you for your support!

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Does your employer have a matching gift program? Please inquire with your HR department.

Our fiscal sponsor is the Boston Educational Development Foundation (BEDF). Tax ID: 22-2514422.


All-school concert to be held March 23

February 2017

Making Music Matters 4th and 5th grade students will be performing in the annual Spring Concert on Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 at the Washington Irving Middle School Auditorium, 105 Cummins Highway in Roslindale.

Students from the Bates, Conley, Mozart, Ohrenberger, and Philbrick schools, all Boston Public Schools in West Roxbury and Roslindale, have been preparing for this performance. All four of the Making Music Matters instrument groups; clarinet, flute, trumpet and violin, will be represented.

A bake sale to support Making Music Matters will take place immediately following the concert in the lobby just outside the auditorium.