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19 years ago, MTAC-Alameda County East Branch started a scholarship program for low-income children to receive free or low-cost piano lessons. It was named in honor of Walter Blankenship, a young man and amateur musician, who died in 1996. His friend, Roger Ide, donated the funding to our branch to organize a program in Livermore, which has since been expanded to the Tri-Valley area and Tracy, helping hundreds of children. It is an important program to help children play the piano and gain an appreciation and love of music that they would not otherwise be able to have. It is funded through grants and private donations.
HOW TO DONATE TO THE BLANKENSHIP FUND
MTAC-Alameda County East Branch takes donations to help students receive lessons and to buy instruments for their practice. We also welcome donations of pianos that could help our students.
To make a donation of cash or a piano, please contact Mary Beth Cheney, Director, at Nolanmarycheney@gmail.com
Give the gift of piano lessons. Donate here to our Blankenship Project, providing piano lessons to low-income children in the Tri-Valley area.
A message from the Blankenship Project Chair, Mary Beth Cheney