Our Programs

Our Mission is to use music as a vehicle

to give our students life skills

that will help them overcome their circumstances

and avoid generational incarceration.

 

Our Goal

Sparks for Success! encourages our students to achieve their potential. We help our children grow to understand there is something better for them to reach for by giving them important life skills that can help them overcome their circumstances.

Some of our students will become leaders in their communities and will advocate for children like themselves.

Our Story

Sparks for Success! was founded to support children affected by parental incarceration.  Research paints a dismal picture for many children of inmates who, along with their family members, are overwhelmed by their circumstances. While working with our students, we’ve come to realize that a holistic approach is necessary to change the trajectory of our children away from generational incarceration.

We help our students develop the life skills of discipline and perseverance by teaching them to play an instrument and giving them group music instruction. By incorporating Music Therapy into our program and creating a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) environment, our students will progress both academically and socially.

The study of music instills important life skills that will serve our students as they progress through school, get jobs, and serve their communities.

Either way, we pay!

It costs Texas taxpayers $3059.77 per week to put just one of our children in juvenile detention. Sparks can serve 15-20 children per month for that same amount!

SPARKS FOR SUCCESS! RELIES ON THE GENEROSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF THESE VULNERABLE CHILDREN.  Financial contributions and gifts in-kind are helping SPARKS grow.

There are more than 5,000 children of the incarcerated here in Travis County.

PLEASE GIVE!

 

Why Music?

Music is the language that reaches everyone.  It goes beyond ethnic, geographic, and socio-economic barriers.

Many studies show how learning to play an instrument and being involved in group music helps children improve their skills academically and socially.

When children learn to play a musical instrument, they develop self-discipline, a teachable spirit, and self-controlled behavior. They must be willing to practice and prepare for lessons, and to have regular attendance at lessons. They learn that working hard and achieving their goal holds rewards that are special and real.

 

Percussion Ensemble

Our youngest students (K-2nd) are being instructed in the rudiments of music. They learn a variety of rhythms using many types of percussion instruments and dance movements. Many of our young students have developmental delays or learning differences and benefit by the inclusion of Music Therapy techniques in their ensemble classes. By creating a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) environment, we help our students learn to cope with and manage their circumstances.

These children also learn how to work together and experience the value and importance of each individual within the team.

 

Private Music Lessons

Through SPARKS’ programs our children are receiving one-on-one attention during their private music lessons—an opportunity they may not be getting anywhere else. Our teachers cater to students’ individual learning styles and help set the stage for continued study.

We prepare and encourage our elementary school students to join band, orchestra, or other music ensemble groups once they reach middle school. These are critical years and we want our children to become part of a group that will help them celebrate their skill.