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  • $945 RAISED OF $2,500 GOAL


  • Janet Thornton $50
  • Jarrod Bradford $50
  • Ann Lindley $100
  • Michael Milligan $100
  • Jeremy Root $50
  • Vivian Leung $100
  • Katie Bethel $25
  • Rachel Sze $20
  • Anonymous $100
  • Natasha Burns $100
  • James Forger $250

Celebrate Outstanding Music Educators


The Music Education department at Michigan State University develops outstanding music educators and encourages, expands, and applies scholarship and teaching practice in new and innovative areas of music.

One of those educators is Rachel Niewiada, whose work facilitating in-person middle school choir during the pandemic at Grandville Middle School in western Michigan earned her recognition on national television when she was invited to share her story on The View. Niewiada’s studies at MSU prepared her for the challenge of adapting her classroom to fit the needs of teaching during a pandemic, both in person and virtually.

“Students need an outlet to express themselves, and for many, music is that outlet,” she said. “Students need to feel important, valued, and loved, and that is the environment I strive to provide for all my students—particularly now during the pandemic.”

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

Students studying music education devote hours to their coursework, in addition to taking on experiential learning opportunities and honing their skills on their instrument. They participate in ensembles, workshops, and travel to conferences to further their abilities as leaders in music education. Often, students hold part-time jobs on top of these responsibilities. A scholarship, fellowship, or graduate assistantship is a game-changer that makes it possible for music education students to reallocate time spent working at a part-time job to mastering their craft.

Donors are encouraged to make a gift in honor of a music educator who made a difference in their lives by selecting "In Memory" or "In Honor" of a person at checkout. 

Featured photos from MSU Music Education experiential learning and outreach pre-pandemic.

Project Budget 

Funds raised for this project will go toward scholarships, fellowships, and graduate assistantships for Music Education students at the MSU College of Music.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 22OOPCF1MUSEDU” in the note section.


Remember the CARES Act has been extended for calendar year 2021 allowing taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300/$600 for those who take the standard deduction. As always, please consult your tax advisor/attorney for advice on your specific situation.

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