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Music Buddies

Music buddies mentorship program
Laura Cahn, Director

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The Music Buddies Mentorship Program is a unique teaching opportunity for AYPO musicians who want to impact the music community in a positive way. Musicians from AYCO, AYSO, or AYP (8th grade or older) are eligible to apply.

At Music Buddies, students from Alexandria and Arlington public schools play in both a small orchestra and receive a 30-60 minute lesson from an AYPO musician. Students perform for their peers and families at an annual recital in April. Students receive free instrumental and instructional material and their lessons are focused on learning solo repertoire and improving playing techniques.

After lessons, mentors participate in a group discussion where the day’s challenges and breakthroughs are shared. Mrs. Cahn relays lesson tips and pedagogical techniques to better equip mentors from week-to-week. 

Interested in being a Music Buddies Mentor? Music Buddies is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 season! Music Buddies meets weekly on Fridays from 4-6 PM. Please click on the link below to access the application. The mentor application deadline is September 30th and the first meeting is October 14th. Contact Isabel Carpio,, with any questions.