Despite the Joy of Music School’s substantial facility in downtown Knoxville, many children are prevented from attending lessons and classes at that location. Taking music programs to children where they are helps remove the barrier of too much distance and not enough transportation.
Joy of Music School Outreach is directed toward low-income youth from kindergarten through fifth grade, and is always offered free of charge.
The Program takes general music classes to three Boys & Girls Clubs facilities, including Halls-Powell in Knox County, and the outlying Lenoir City Club in Loudon County. Outreach also extends to the Boys & Girls Clubs Greenville site in rural Greene County, Tenn.
Joy of Music School leadership has met with management at clubs in Sevier and Blount Counties as well, and the School anticipates serving students in their sites later in this school year.
JoMS outreach also serves eight Community Schools sites in coordination with Knox County Schools and the Great Schools Partnership (an operational partner working to make Knox County Schools globally competitive). These are located at Christenberry, Pond Gap, Beaumont, Maynard, South Knox, Norwood, Spring Hill and Dogwood Elementary Schools.
In addition, the outreach project serves Urban Family Outreach and Wesley House after-school sites in Knoxville. Classes take place in spaces ranging from gymnasiums to small classrooms. JoMS teaching artists work to develop age-appropriate music reading, singing, and playing skills in the students. For very young children the program aims to raise their awareness about the world of music. Overall the instructors use music to foster respect for the creativity and discipline necessary to become a well-rounded person.
All JoMS partners recognize that without the Outreach Program, very few (or no) general music courses would be available to these children. Classes are taught by Joy of Music School contracted teaching artists, who are professional musicians and educators with extensive musical knowledge and experience with children.
These teaching artists are paid on a per-service basis. Class frequency varies with teacher availability and demand from the sites.