Music To My Ears Scholarship Fund

The Foundation for Hearing & Speech Rehabilitation (FHSR) is proud to partner with The Merit School of Music and The Old Town School of Music to create the Music To My Ears Scholarship Fund commemorating the Foundation’s 60th Anniversary. The Scholarship will provide one-year of tuition-free early childhood music classes to children (ages birth–four) who are deaf/hard of hearing living in Chicago and the surrounding Suburbs.

Research has shown the benefits of children being exposed to music in early childhood. These benefits are increased for a child with hearing loss. From language acquisition to sentence structure, inflection and tone, exposure to music will provide indelible positive benefits. The FHSR is proud to foster the love of music into these children’s lives and help to put them on the road to success in conjunction with our partners:

Merit School of Music:

Merit is a nationally accredited community music school dedicated to overcoming barriers to high quality music instruction. Merit offers classes from early childhood through high school. Merit’s Early Childhood faculty are active musicians who understand and promote the importance of early childhood music education both in the classroom and at home.

Old Town School of Folk Music:

Serving Chicago for the past 60 years, Old Town School of Folk Music is the largest community school of the arts in the nation. In the 1980’s Old Town School of Folk Music pioneered the Wiggleworms curriculum to bring music classes to their youngest audiences with classes structured around the proper introduction of percussive instruments and repetition of movements connected to song. Still going strong 30 years later, Wiggleworms instructors are all musicians by trade and receive instruction on Early Childhood education.

A $900 donation will sponsor a year of classes for one deaf/hard of hearing child. is amount will allow children who might not otherwise be able to afford music enrichment classes to attend weekly music classes and experience the joy of music with their hearing peers.

Music To My Ears Scholarships will start January 2019, applications are currently available.

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FHSR Event Series to fund the:

Music To My Ears Scholarship

Providing tuition-free early childhood music classes to children living with hearing loss in the Chicago-land area.

April 19,
2018

Giant Steps: FHSR Presents Chasing Trane, A Movie Screening

The Davis Theater
4614 N. Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60618

Join FHSR for a screening of this award winning Documentary on the life and music of extraordinary saxophonist and composer, John Coltrane. The night will feature a pre-screening reception and post screening intimate Q&A with the Executive Producer.

October 20,
2018

Rock the Town for Hearing

Old Town School of Folk Music Concert
4544 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Join FHSR at this amazing concert featuring amazing musicians as we celebrate the power of music in this historic Chicago venue. Pre-concert reception will feature local Chicago fare along with a post-show meet and greet with the performers.

November 2,
2018

An Evening of Merit and Music

Merit School of Music
38 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60607

Join FHSR along with John Hart and Carol Prins for an evening of Merit and Music featuring: Richard Reed, renowned R&B musician and Cochlear Implant User, and students from Merit’s Alice S. Pfaelzer tuition-free Conservatory weaving together a fascinating night of music and storytelling. Pre-concert reception will also be held at Merit.

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