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Sparks for Success! uses music as a vehicle to reach children affected by parental incarceration. Our mission is to give our students the life skills they need to overcome their circumstances that could lead to juvenile or adult detention. In additio... Read more
Sparks for Success! uses music as a vehicle to reach children affected by parental incarceration. Our mission is to give our students the life skills they need to overcome their circumstances that could lead to juvenile or adult detention. In addition to free music lessons, we encourage our students to become involved in middle school and high school band or orchestra, as research proves those activities lead to better academic results and better life choices.
Sparks for Success! serves children affected by parental incarceration. Sparks provides free private music lessons, conduct ensemble classes, and provide performance opportunities for children of inmates.
Research paints a dismal picture for children who have a parent with a history of incarceration. In many families it is not unusual to see family members, friends, and neighbors committing crimes, being arrested and convicted, and going to jail or prison. In fact, it sometimes expected that the children will follow that pattern.
Sparks is a proactive program, giving the children a positive way to develop discipline and perseverence through music. Studies show that children who learn to play an instrument, and those involved in group music activities achieve higher scores on standardized tests, have better school attendance, and make better life choices than those involved in other extracurricular activities.
Sparks is currently teaching in two central East Austin schools.