Pod Squad members turn ripples into tidal waves!

New & upgrading members can help us unlock $50k in matching funds to support accessible early childhood music

Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, the yearly impact of all new or upgrading Pod Squad memberships this summer will be matched up to a total of $50,000!

That means the support you give by becoming a Pod Squad member now is worth twice as much to the families who will see immediate and lifelong benefits from our early childhood and youth music programs.

Children who participate in early childhood educational programs enter school more ready to learn.

Nearly a dozen long-term (longitudinal) studies have shown that kids with early childhood learning experiences not only had improved performance in reading and mathematics (in both elementary and secondary school), but also a reduction in special education placement and grade retention, along with a host of additional benefits.

Great Bend’s Sound Scholars™ early childhood program not only makes these kinds of daily, interactive, group learning experiences accessible to nearly all families, it does so with the additional horsepower that music brings to all forms of learning.

Today, Sound Scholars™ is serving hundreds of kids (ages 2 through grade 3) in 34 states and 6 additional countries.

And with your help, we can provide it for the thousands.

Thousands of kids and families who will benefit from increased academic success for years, along with improved problem solving skills, emotional awareness, self-management and so much more.

“It was clear from the beginning of our very first virtual music lessons that Great Bend Center for Music is doing so much more than just helping kids become great musicians. I have loved watching my son practice new skills, and I have seen him develop his cooperation, teamwork, listening skills, and critical thinking along the way. Whether or not he grows up to be a musician, I am so glad he has had such a positive experience with an awesome teacher and a community.”

– Sound Scholars™ parent

It’s time to make waves!

First Wave


  • Quarterly Newsletter & Annual Report
  • Recital & Concert Live Streams
  • Monthly Podcast Episodes
  • 15% Discount On All Fee-Based Programs
  • 15% Off Event & Concert Tickets
    • Individual: One 10-Week Term and Special 3-Week Term of Sound Scholars™ for One Student
    • Family: One 10-Week Term of Sound Scholars™ for Three Students

    Second Wave


    • All First Wave Benefits, Plus:
    • Free Chorale and/or Youth Chorale Membership
    • Free Admission to All Fee-Based Programs
    • Free Event & Concert Admission
    • Individual: One 10-Week Term and Special 3-Week Term of Sound Scholars™ for One Student
    • Family: One 10-Week Term of Sound Scholars™ for Three Students

    Third Wave

    FAMILY: $150/MONTH

    • All First & Second Wave Benefits, Plus:
    • Tickets to New Music Gala (August 2022)
    • Advance Reservation Window and Priority Seating to All Events
    • Special Pod Squad Swag 
    • Acknowledgement in Annual Report
    • Individual: A Year of Sound Scholars™ For One Student Plus Cost of Instruments
    • Family: A Year of Sound Scholars™ Plus Cost of Instruments and Cutting Edge Technology 

    More ways to make waves!

    Does Your Company Match Donations?

    Combining your company’s matching gift with our current donor pledge could mean Pod Squad Membership goes 3–4x as far to support our no and low barrier community music programs!

    To find out if your company has a matching gift policy and learn how to take advantage of it, enter your employer’s name in the search box below. Please contact your Human Resources department if you are unable to locate your company — they may still provide matching gifts!

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