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An LMP participant receives her new saxophone

About the Little Masters Project

In September of 2017, the UD Little Masters Project (LMP), presented by the UD Master Players Concert Series (Master Players), was launched to provide free private music lessons, music theory classes and instruments to children of low-income households in Delaware and the nearby tri-state communities. The mission of LMP is to provide music education and opportunities to students in need because we believe that experiencing live music is essential for children of all backgrounds.

The first school to benefit from this program was Bayard Middle School in Wilmington, DE, and the project has been a resounding success. On Dec. 9, just three months after launching the project, four students from Bayard Middle School walked onstage at the Master Players' Holiday Pops concert at the University of Delaware to show what they learned in front of an audience of almost 600 people. (See the video here) The students collaborated with their teachers for a performance of a Hanukkah medley that was met with uproarious applause. These students were the first participants; then, LMP opened its doors to the public.

Now in its fourth year, the Little Masters Project is now collaborating with the UD Community Music School (CMS) to provide free music theory and private music lessons. Participating students will be given instruments to keep and will receive free music lessons from the talented instructors during after-school hours at the University of Delaware's campus or online. LMP will continue to inspire the students by providing them with thrilling performance opportunities to share the stage with professional musicians.

During these uncertain times, music has been a constant. The presence of music can bring such joy and creativity to a young mind. Music can also be a great escape from some troublesome realities. For the under-served communities that the Little Masters Project targets in these precarious times, music is more important now than ever.

Many thanks to our advisory council member Mr. Randy Stone, who is leading the 3rd year of fundraising for Little Masters Project. We hope to continue to offer the Little Masters Project to the public in the fall of 2020.

In addition to the free-of-charge private lessons (45 minutes/week), music theory classes and free instruments, Master Players will provide everything young musicians and LMP teachers would need to successfully hold a musical lesson online. Online music learning gear provided by the program will include all the necessary technical equipment (webcam, USB microphone, headphones and interface with cables) and shipping.

LMP Concert 2019

How to support the Little Masters Project

In order to continue our program and bring the gift of music to additional students, we are launching a new crowdfunding program through the University of Delaware and we need your help.

Click here to donate!


  • A contribution of $60 will cover a private lesson for one student.
  • A contribution of $600 will sponsor one student and his/her teacher for one semester of free online teaching gear including shipping and handling
  • A contribution of $900 will sponsor one student for one semester of 14 weekly lessons.

We are also accepting donations of new or gently used instruments and online learning gear (iPad, headphones, webcam, interface, USB mic, etc.) for the students; contact us at masterplayers@udel.edu to make arrangements for delivery. All donations are tax-deductible, and the more we raise, the more kids we can help.

For more information about how to support LMP, contact us at masterplayers@udel.edu.

Special thanks to all private and corporate donors during the previous crowdfunding effort led by Master Players Advisory Council member Randy Stone:

Accenture

Boston Consulting Group

Deloitte

DuPont

Charles Carter

Linda and Kevin Henker

C. Michael Luck

Linda Micallef

Lawrence and Margaret Nees

Sheila Saints

Chip Schussler

Randy Stone

Special thanks to the Newark Morning Rotary Club members and C. Michael Luck, our Advisory Council Chair, for their special grant to support LMP:

     Sen. Steve Amick                                 Christopher Duke                            William McNabola

          Barry Baker                                     Robert T. Froard Jr.                             Don Newcomb 

         Tim Boulden                                       Jennifer French                                   Paul Sayther 

       Robin Broomall                                   Donna J. Friswell                                   Polly Sierer

    Charles J. Brown III                                   Evelyn Hayes                                        Mark Sisk

          Eric Cannon                                        Marie Holliday                                Kyle Sonnenberg  

        Shannon Clark                                       John Hornor                                         Sorenson

           Bob Cronin                                            Paul Keely                                        Robert Stark

      Gene Danneman                                  Shawn Klapinsky                                Greg Stephens

    Frederick J. Da wson,                              Mary Konwinski                                William Sullivan

            ChFC, CLU                                              Mike Laur                                       Kevin Thomas

       Laura Del Percio                                    Joshua Martin                                    Clinton Tymes 

                                                                                                                                      Steve Worden 

   





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Little Masters Project
  • Master Players Concert Series
  • 100 Orchard Road
  • Department of Music
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3149
  • masterplayers@udel.edu
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