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 (up to four years of age) 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.

Fund a Scholarship:

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.

2019 

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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Upcoming events

An Evening of Merit and Music

Join FHSR along with John Hart
Friday, November 2, 2018 starting at 6:00 PM 
For an evening of Merit and Music featuring renowned Blues artist and Cochlear Implant user Richard Reed and the students from Merit’s Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-Free Conservatory for a fascinating night of music and sound.

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

Friday, November 2, 2018- Reception 6:00 PM Concert begins at 7:45 PM

100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards funding the FHSR Music to My Ears Scholarship Fund celebrating our 60th anniversary & the joy of music for children with hearing loss.

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Important News: Insurance Coverage for Children’s Hearing Aids

On August 23, 2018, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB4516 requiring Illinois insurance companies to provide coverage for hearing instruments for children under the age of 18. The bill is effective immediately, which means that insurers will begin providing this benefit with policies issued after today. If you have a claim denied, please report it to the Illinois Department of Insurance.

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Cheers & Beers for Ears – Please Join Us!

Cheers and Beers Poster

The FHSR Associate Board invites you to join us for Cheers & Beers for Ears! This year’s Cheers & Beers for Ears will take place at The Little Owl Social Club on September 14, 2018 from 6 pm – 10 pm. We will have live entertainment, arcade games and a raffle! Dave Wzorek and Out of Hours will perform.

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School Options for Children with Hearing Loss

Children listening to storytime

Has your child been diagnosed with a hearing loss? Are you looking for a school for the deaf in Illinois? The FHSR Associate Board has compiled a list of schools for the deaf in Illinois, as well as other options to consider if you are thinking about educating your child in a public or private school.

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FHSR Short Historical Documentary

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Miguel’s Story with FHSR and Cheers for Ears!

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