Youth Arts Enrichment Initiative

The Youth Arts Enrichment Initiative began in the Fall of 2012. It is supported through funding from donors like you, the United Thank Offering, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. WCCMA matches students in need with instruments they can borrow for free, music lessons, arts education workshops, and tuition assistance for families in need.

This program includes the Instruments for Inspiration Drive that accepts donated musical instruments, services them, and places them with local students unable to afford rental fees. To apply for Tuition Assistance for lessons, fill out the this form.


About free and reduced lessons, and instrument borrowing:

The West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts will supply instruments to local music teacher for students unable to afford to purchase or rent and instrument. We currently have more demand for most instruments than we can fulfill, but we are working on making sure that every student that wants to play music can. Please contact your music teacher to get on the list to borrow an instrument.

WCCMA and your music teacher can help you in your study of music by suggesting an instructor of private and/or group lessons for most instruments. WCCMA even has tuition assistance programs that your family may be eligible to use for free or reduced lessons. To apply for Tuition Assistance, fill out the this form.

What’s great about private lessons? Students can have someone focus on just what the student needs help with, and you’ll be amazed at how much difference that can make. Also, the skills they learn in music can help them in other areas when they are in school and beyond. Some of our local students have told us it helped them with math, working in groups, and solving problems creatively.

For all other instruments instructors will be recruited, so let us know soon! Lessons can begin at the instructor’s earliest opening.

Also check our homepage: and join the WCCMA mailing list for information about free/by donation music programs, art workshops and concerts.

For more information contact [email protected] or 802.738.0022.

Eligibility for free and reduced lessons uses the same income requirements as the Free/reduced lunch program. Student does not have to be in the free/reduced lunch program to qualify.

Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko Group leads a workshop at the Claremont Farmers' and Artisans' Market in September.

Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko Group leads a workshop at the Claremont Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market in September.

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