Our Mission

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Recognizing the beauty and joy of music-making, the mission of the Michael J. Owen Music Education Fund (MJOMEF) is to foster a passion for music-making among under-served students in Seattle by financially supporting music education and providing critically needed in-class coaches.

We Focus on Elementary School Children

MJOMEF focuses on elementary school students in under-served schools to ensure that all interested children are given additional help to build a solid foundation in music-making so that they are able to participate in instrumental music in middle and high school – and hopefully throughout their lifetime.

Music education benefits children in many ways. In learning to play an instrument, students learn discipline, focus and creativity. It has been shown that students who study music will, generally, do better in other academic subjects and in life. Experiencing achievement in a new skill increases students’ confidence and self-esteem. As music education generally occurs in a group or communal setting, students learn to listen to and tune into others in order to accomplish their goals—both personal and collective.

Also, the entire school benefits from MJOMEF’s support.  A vibrant music program in a school gives all students the opportunity to experience live musical performances that generate enthusiasm among students, their parents and their teachers. Music education, when broadly available, helps build school pride.

How We Fund the Program

MJOMEF hosts events to raise funds to support music programs in these schools. MJOMEF allocates 100% of all funds raised to music-making education programs. All Board members are unpaid volunteers.

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