After School Programs

Life-Changing Youth Music Education

Afterschool Program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School

Since 2017, Asbury Park Music Foundation has raised funds for the students at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (OLMC) in Asbury Park to have after-school music education provided by Lakehouse Music Academy. We took this on to save the program when the school was informed that the program’s five-year state grant had run out. This after-school program include Beginner Ukulele, Ukulele, Guitar, and Drumming.

Each of these classes engages 8-10 students for one hour per week. At the end of each eight-week season (fall, spring, and summer), students demonstrate their progress in a live performance at the All Stars showcase and at Lakehouse Music Academy.

Lakehouse music courses are one component in OLMC’s All Stars afterschool program, which in 2014 was nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The All Stars program has already changed the lives of hundreds of Asbury Park’s poorest children and families. In a population where 90% of Mt. Carmel students receive free or reduced lunch, 98% receive tuition subsidies, and 51% have limited English proficiency, programs like this must continue to make any impact.

Funding for the 2018-2019 school year was provided through the generous support of the Harry Chapin Memorial Foundation, the Johnson Ohana Foundation, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Transparent Gallery and the Asbury Park Music + Film Festival. We are seeking funding to bring back two former classes – Intro to Songwriting and Group Bands.