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The Flint Institute of Music Helps to Change the Lives of its Students

By Elisha Neubauer

At the Flint Institute of Music, changing lives is an everyday occurrence. The Institute uses the power of the arts to encourage, enrich, and enliven people's day to day lives in all performance artistic formats- whether it be music, dance, or drama. Housing the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Flint School of Performing Arts, and the Flint Youth Theatre, the Flint Institute of Music has all your performance bases covered.

According to Abigail Bearman, Public Relations Coordinator for the Flint Institute of Music, the mission of the organization is simple: Changing lives through a lifelong continuum of music, dance and theatre. "We strive to provide arts education to anyone with an interest, regardless of age, race, or ability," Bearman says. "For those who simply wish to enjoy the arts, we offer more than two hundred productions and concerts each year, many of which are free of charge to attend."

The Flint Institute of Music believes that music is an integral part of a child's development. "Music encourages children to be creative, approach problem solving from different perspectives and explore musicality," Bearman tells us. "Listening to music is part of everyday life- it's everywhere a child goes."

But, listening to music isn't just enough. The Institute believes that participation in music is the real key. "The process of learning and sharing music taps important cognitive functions of the brain, allows for creative expression and relating to others on a team," she explains. "Music isn't just a spectator sport!"

Classes at the Institute range in age groups and begin at only a few weeks old. "It provides a wonderful introduction to music, rhythm and creative movement," Bearman details. "Most young people have a natural interest in the arts- they want to explore an instrument, sing or dance for fun or for the challenge or to develop another network of friends. We try to offer a wide range of programs to interest young people, but also give them opportunities to help develop programs themselves."

To ensure open acceptance into these programs, the Institute offers a variety of tuition assistance and tuition-free programs for those in need. Students of all ages and abilities are accepted into the programs, making study of the arts possible for everyone. They "seek to foster a deep love and appreciation of the arts in every student- truly a gift that continues for a lifetime," according to their website text, and do so through non-judgmental teaching methods and a highly qualified staff of professionals. "Edge-of-your-seat performances, standing ovations, excited students experiencing a sense of accomplishment and belonging...all are a regular part of the FIM experience," the Institute proudly states.

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