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$9,115
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
21
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, August 1 2019 4:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

"Music Can Change The World." -Beethoven

   The World Needs Music. One Community At A Time.

Center Stage’s vision is to nurture a community of emerging musicians through a comprehensive learning experience. By offering our students the tools they need to advance their music education, we enable them to realize their talents and bring the benefits of music to their own well-being, their families, communities, and the world. 

Research shows that music has the power to emotionally, morally, and culturally influence our communities. It can help shape our emotions. It can transport us to a different place. It is an outlet for creativity and expression, especially in a digital world. 

Music not only has the ability to heal our minds, bodies and souls, but has the capability to influence generations. Music unites the world. 

As the great philosopher Plato once said, “I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” Music is fundamental to the learning process. Think about the alphabet, if you recite it now, do you still sing the song? It has been proven that playing music improves eye-hand coordination, increases cognitive function, develops social skills and enforces self-discipline. However, music programs in private and public NY schools have declined heavily since the early 2000’s. The majority of school funding is allocated towards reading, science and math. Schools have decreased their budget lines for music and the arts. 

Now, more than ever, private music schools play a crucial role in our children’s music education. However, for years, students looking for private music lessons have either had the option to hire a private home teacher, which is expensive, or go to a retail music store, where the focus is on sales rather than lessons. Center Stage creates a place where music education is our specialization. Our multi-faceted university-trained instructors’ coach, mentor and inspire our students every day through our affordable individualized lessons and group programs. They create an inclusive environment, sensitive to the needs of each student, ensuring their musical success. 

Center Stage instructor and student.
Center Stage instructor and student.

As we are entering our 8th year in business in Westbury NY, we continue to see our vision come to life. Center Stage is owned and run by a female minority entrepreneur, and seeing the success of our school is truly the American dream. We started with 50 students in September 2011, and today we are almost at full capacity with close to 500 students. For three years we won “Best of Long Island” and just recently won “Best of Lessons.com 2018.” We provide our student musicians with many different avenues to explore music, building their confidence and self-esteem. Whether they are rockin’ out at our gigs, performing a classical solo at our recitals, or reaching thousands on our YouTube channel, our students have a variety of platforms to take 'Center Stage'. 

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Our well-rounded team of twenty-two instructors prepare students for all levels of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), as well as All County, All State, Nassau-Suffolk Band, Long Island Strings Festival Association (LISFA), and All District. Our students receive outstanding NYSSMA scores and place first chair in many of these festivals. In addition, Center Stage students have participated in major productions. They performed alongside “The Piano Guys” at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, the Asbury Short Film Festival, which features independent award-winning short films from around the world, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Emmy award winning TV show, hitRECord. 

Wall in the waiting area at Center Stage, Westbury.
Wall in the waiting area at Center Stage, Westbury.

We love to give back to our community through free workshops. During “Bring A Friend” week our students share their musical knowledge with friends or family members. “Instrument Exploration Day” invites our neighbors to come and learn about a variety of instruments. We seek to inspire our students, as well as the global community through our weekly blogs and bi-yearly magazine. This spring, we will launch our first scholarship program for children who can’t afford private lessons. 

We believe music has the power to change people’s lives, and ultimately change the world. We want to continue spreading quality music education through our music schools. We believe our students can become the next generation of music makers and culture creators. We are committed to reinvent the private music lesson industry. But, we cannot reach that goal with just one location. 

We are excited to announce that Center Stage is expanding and will launch a second location in Massapequa Park. We are passionate and energized to bring music education to a new community. While we are still in the formative stages of preparing to open, we invite you to join us in shaping the next generation of musicians. We ask YOU to believe in our vision and support us by contributing towards our $25,000 goal. Your donation of any amount is greatly appreciated. It will help us off-set the cost of sound proofing materials for our lesson rooms and allow us to purchase quality musical instruments. 

Center Stage Music Center At Massapequa Park.
Center Stage Music Center At Massapequa Park.
Center Stage Music Center at Massapequa Park.
Center Stage Music Center at Massapequa Park.

We are humbled and thankful for your continued support and trust in Center Stage.

Together we can change the world, one community at a time.

 https://centerstagemusiccenter.com/ 

Risks and challenges

We are hoping to be able to open to the public by mid September, 2019. However, common setbacks with permit approvals and construction could cause us to delay our grand opening.

We are taking every precaution to be in compliance with the building department, and are working on a strict deadline to hopefully avoid setbacks. If all goes well, we will be open for business in two and a half months!

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    Autographed CS Thank You Card!

    We will send you a Center Stage thank you card with a hand written note autographed by members of our team.

    We will also put your name on a balloon at our grand opening.

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    CS Backpack!

    You'll receive our popular Center Stage drawstring backpack, printed with our trademark logo. Perfect for carrying anything from music books to gym gear. We will even throw in one of our cool color changing pencils.

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    CS Rock The Stage Crew Shirt!

    You are now officially part of our crew! Rock our super soft signature gig T-Shirt.

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    Fund Our Band Room + Be A Rockstar Donor

    Our band program helps students build confidence while they become rockstars. Help us equip them with the instruments and gear they need to learn and perform. Your donation will help fund the purchase of: speakers, speaker stands, guitar & bass amps, guitars, bass guitars, drum set, microphones, mic stands, soundboard, keyboards and more.

    CS Rockstar donors will have their name engraved on a metal plaque, which will be displayed in our band room at our Massapequa Park location alongside other donors. You will also be permanently listed as a donor on our CS website.

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    5 Music Lessons + Be A Rockstar Donor

    Receive five 30 min. music lessons on any instrument of your choice from one of our world class instructors at our Massapequa Park location.

    CS Rockstar donors will have their name engraved on a metal plaque, which will be displayed in the waiting area at our Massapequa Park location, alongside other donors. You will also be permanently listed as a donor on our website.

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    Purchase A Piano + Be A Rockstar Donor!

    We want to provide our students with the latest technology in the instrument world. We will purchase ten 88-key digital pianos with real feel hammer action. Your donation will help purchase one of these pianos.

    We will have your name engraved on a metal plaque, which will be attached on one of the pianos in our Massapequa Park location. You will also be permanently listed as a donor on our website.

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    We Write You A Song + More!

    As a token of our gratitude, our creative team will write a song just for you! We will perform it and post it on our YouTube channel and email you the link.

    You will also receive: a handwritten CS thank you card autographed by members of our team, your name engraved on a plaque in our waiting area, and 5 music lessons. We will give you a CS drawstring backpack filled with a 'Rock the Stage' crew shirt and a CS color changing pencil at your first lesson. You will also be listed as a permanent donor on our website.

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