About the Upper Valley Music Center
The Upper Valley Music Center is a community music school based in Lebanon, NH, serving nearly 900 students a year from across the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. UVMC’s expert faculty work with beginning through advanced students and teach programs designed for ages birth through adulthood. UVMC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses to support music education activities.
UVMC was established with a three-fold mission: to create instrumental and vocal ensembles where none existed; to serve as a clearinghouse for information about the area's musical organizations and activities; and to provide a place for people to come together to develop their musical knowledge, proficiency, and enjoyment.
In 2002 UVMC started a Suzuki violin program, a philosophy and method of instruction that teaches music in the same way that children learn their primary language. After several years of successful growth, UVMC officially became a community music school in 2008, offering lessons, group classes, ensembles, and workshops.
While UVMC is not a presenting organization, performance is an important part of music education. UVMC students perform in a wide range of venues from grandma’s living room to school to church. UVMC faculty perform both in UVMC’s Faculty Recital Series and in many other capacities around the Upper Valley. These performances by friends and neighbors forge connections that make for vital communities.
Music is an inherently collaborative art, and music education leads naturally to partnerships with other organizations. The past two summers have featured multi-disciplinary camps including Music Video Camp with CATV in White River Jct, and Sound, Color: Musical Magic, an instrument making & composition program with AVA Gallery & Art Center in Lebanon. Recognizing the powerful role music education can play in overall childhood development, and UVMC has partnered with the Family Place in Norwich to bring early childhood music education to young parents enrolled in the Families Learning Together program. Finally, in partnership with the Hopkins Center for the Arts, UVMC has been able to offer master classes with world-class Hop visiting musicians and ensembles.
UVMC has a growing music library with a special emphasis on chamber music, orchestra and choral repertoire. This repertoire supports the goal of helping people to make music together. Currently available to students and faculty, we would like to make this resource available to the general public at some point in the future.
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The Upper Valley Music Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.