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Americana Academy Launches Unique Mandolin Program

By Scott Tichenor
April 25, 2004 - 6:00 am

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Americana Music Academy

Americana Music Academy

D'Addario, the Plucked String Foundation and the Mandolin Cafe have combined efforts with the Americana Music Academy in Lawrence, Kansas to make some area mandolin students an offer they can't refuse.

Low income students in and around Douglas County will have an opportunity to receive free mandolin lessons and a free instrument as a result of this unique program offered by the area's only non-profit music school. To keep the instrument students must attend all classes and meet the program's minimum requirements established by the instructor.

"Lawrence is a strong acoustic music scene. We've identified a number of young individuals in the area who would like to take lessons but didn't have the means to participate," said Thom Alexander, the Academy's Executive Director.

Alexander indicated there are few models in the country for this type of program. At the end of the program the Academy will evaluate the overall success before deciding to pursue something similar for 2005 for mandolin and possibly other instruments.

Funds for the project were raised through donations accepted by the Mandolin Cafe. D'Addario the Plucked String Foundation provided support through a one-time grant to the Academy.

Students are being identified at this time. If anyone in the area knows of a candidate they are encouraged to contact Thom Alexander at the Academy.

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