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Free Lessons

Play it Forward Music Foundation offers free music lessons to students of all ages who qualify through a simple application. Free lessons are awarded to those with stated financial need, who are motivated to learn and who are committed to attending lessons. Recipients will have their music tuition paid for (up to a certain amount) through PIFMF in three month cycles. PIFMF works with a student’s current music teacher, or tries to pair applicants with established instructors. In addition to private lessons, students are provided with opportunities to perform and possibly an instrument, if needed. Music teachers are encouraged to refer students who express financial uncertainty, as PIFMF supports not only the student, but the teacher as well. If you are a music teacher who would like to learn more about our Free Music Lessons program, please contact us.

Interested in Free Music Lessons?

Nikhil was emotionally traumatized by the fire but his love for music helped him cope. We lost our house in the Santa Rosa Fire and Play It Forward was able to give my son a scholarship for drum lessons.  I am forever grateful to Nick for his compassion to help out the community when needed” -Punam Aery

Frequently Ask Questions

Q: Who can apply for free lessons?  

Anyone can apply for free lessons. We are looking for students with stated financial need who are motivated to attend lessons consistently. 

Q: Are lessons only offered to children? 

No.  Lessons are offered to anyone!

Q: Where are lessons/teachers located?  

Teachers are located throughout Sonoma County. Typically students are referred by their current teacher for financial assistance. In the event that a student does not have a current teacher, we can help find one.

Q: What instruments are taught?  

PIFMF doesn’t actually do the teaching, so as long as there is a teacher, PIFMF is there to support the learning of any instrument.

Q: What if I don’t have an instrument?    

Play It Forward Music Foundation may be able to provide a free instrument. Please complete the Instrument Request Application and we will check our current inventory.

Q: Do you teach in person or remotely? 

Many teachers offer both in person and remote lessons. It is up to the teacher and student to determine their preferred teaching method. 

Q: How many lessons are students offered?  

Students will be offered 12 free weekly music lessons to run consecutively over a three month cycle. This may be affected by holidays.

Q: May I reapply if I have already received Free Lessons?



P.O. Box 2752
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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