TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – Edward Kelly loves music and his real passion is teaching.
“I have been teaching for 42 years. Every school I go to has a population of students who just can’t afford it, or their family life can’t do it, ”Kelly said.
Kelly wanted to change that. During the pandemic, he created a non-profit organization that offers free music lessons and instruments to children who could not otherwise afford them. The program is called All children need music.
“You can see it on the faces of the children. They have never been able to participate in programs like this before. They mostly live in group homes or, in the case of the camp we just did, a lot of them are homeless, ”Kelly says.
The non-profit organization connects with children through the Arizona Department of Child Safety. Most of the lessons are given via video chat, but their team is starting to offer in-person camps. For kids, it’s not just about playing an instrument.
“All of these teachers are trauma-trained. Children have the capacity to heal as they go through class with their instructor,” said Vickie Isaac of All Kids Need Music.
The courses offer an escape to the children. Kelly said they were focused on achieving one goal, one piece at a time.
“There really is no limit to what we can do because the need is so great,” Kelly said.
To learn more about All Kids Need Music and how to sponsor a child in need, click here.