Learning A Music Should Not Be Just A Dream ........
A Message from the Executive Director of Music Matters

              Music has always been a part of my life.  My parents were the ones who made it possible for me to be a musician, a music teacher.  They were not professional musicians. My mom was a kindergarten teacher and has taught me how to sing songs. My dad was a pilot; he likes to listen to a different type of music, and always filled our house with music that he'd play on the turntable.  Both my parents were very encouraging and supportive of my early training.  I felt privileged to be able to take piano lessons and attend a music conservatory at a young age. However, it was not an easy journey for me in the pursuit of my music education. When I was 12 years old, there was a global economic collapse, and many people in my hometown, including my father, lost their jobs.  We had to sell our home, car, and my upright Yamaha piano. My family struggled to make ends meet, but my parents still did their best, and sacrificed a lot, to provide me the music education that allow me to get accepted into a university in Music Performance. During my time in college, I worked part-time as a composer and a commuting piano instructor to support my education and eventually get my degrees in music performance and music education.  At that time, I always feel learning music should not just be a few people's privileges, and it should be more accessible and more enjoyable. Music education is supposed to be about caring, nurturing, and developing minds and talent.  Each one has remarkable gifts and abilities. And each one deserves a chance to show the world what he or she can do with the music. That's why we're forming Music Matters Foundation. We hope to bring people's attention to music education and cultivate a music arts community.  -------- Lillian Yang, 25 yrs Musician and Educator and currently maintains an independent music studio for students of all ages and abilities in Bellevue WA. 

What We Do

Music Matters Foundation was funded in 2016 by a group of musicians who love music, whose awareness of how positive an influence playing the music had been on our life inspired us to make that learning opportunity possible for everyone. Music Matters Foundation's first funding was earned by a group of young musicians performing at the Starbucks coffee shop during the holiday season. We experienced the joy and magic of music, which remedied everyone's mind. Since then, every year, we were grouped with local musicians to perform music free in public for the holiday season.  

We know that music can be received mentally, socially, and culturally enriched by different experiences; we exist to bring various music performances to our community and support our local music education. Over time, in pursuit of that goal, we have expanded our programs to seek out deserving institutions and organizations that lack the financial resources to ask for quality music education programs. Our programs include regular performances, music lessons and instrumental maintenance. 

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“We believe that participating in music can and does have a positive effect on people's lives”

 

OUR MISSION

  • To help children achieve their dreams in music learning

  • To offer learning resources in music to students of all ages.

  • To develop affordable, sustainable music programs for our community and local schools.

  • To devote a structured music education to our community and local schools. 

  • To provide scholarships to students who dedicated to their learning in music

  • To nurture the public appreciation of music and to promote the joy of music

  • To build students' self-confidence by providing opportunities for public performances.

  • To share the beauty of music with our community.

  • Help seniors boost their mood and energy by playing music for them.

  • To support local musicians. 

  • To support local charities.

© 2016 by Music Matters Foundation