St. Francis Music Center
Project for FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF LITTLE FALLS MINNESOTA

St. Francis Music Center, located in Little Falls, is an award winning community school for music and the performing arts

St. Francis Music Center opened its doors in 1979 with a dream to provide central Minnesota with a school for music and the performing arts. For almost 40 years, our excellent staff and financial aid ensure that the benefits of a top-quality arts education are available to all in our rural area! We provide a place where students at all levels of ability can come together to learn about and experience the arts. We strive to make the Music Center a safe haven for children and adults alike where each person is welcome and valued.

Committed instructors with high levels of expertise provide music lessons and special programs to over 325 students who visit the center each week. The Center offers private and group lessons in piano, organ, voice, guitar, percussion, all band and bowed string instruments, and composition. Dance, gymnastics, music theory, preschool classes and this year a new drumming club and a brass ensemble are available as well. Other opportunities include a yearly Keyboard Festival, Green Fair Folk Festival, and URock Summer Camp (for area teens who want to “be in a band.”) And, through a grant, we’ve added new programing for people 55+.

The Music Center has three string orchestras in a county that has no strings programs in any of the schools. The Center also has a Community Chorale, a men’s singing ensemble, and a children’s choir. Add the members of these groups to the weekly lessons and over 500 people come to the Music Center to participate in the arts each week.

The Music Center’s excellent curriculum contributes to a vibrant arts community and is considered by many to be one of greater Minnesota's jewels. Our financial aid program serves low income families who would not otherwise be able to participate in the Center's programs and benefit from music and the arts. Our ability to provide financial aid is truly a gift to people in need—the unemployed, the underemployed, and families struggling to make ends meet.

The philosophy and goals of the Music Center aid the discovery of personal and performance abilities to enhance self-esteem for the well-being of all, regardless of age, economic level or experience. This year’s GTTM donations will be used to help students from low-income families take music lessons.

Thank you for your generous donation!

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