When you invest in kids, you’re investing in the long-term health and success of our entire community.

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Learn how music builds strong families.

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At Great Bend, our mission is not just music, but music that builds community.

We’re focused on the evidence-based ways that music can be used to build strong families and prepare kids for success in school. How music can maintain our seniors’ health and engagement and improve our leaders’ ability to address complex social issues like homelessness and addiction. How music can diversify our economy and strengthen our brand. 

Because these are the ways – the research-based, well-documented ways – that music builds community. 

This is what you’re supporting when you make a gift to Great Bend. Strong families. Healthy seniors. A robust economy. 

Adopt an Otter today, and make a life-long difference for a child in need.

There’s a reason why we “play” instruments.

Music is a powerful tool for building pro-social learning skills. In fact, play, and the fun of music making, is at the heart of Sound Scholars™ – Great Bend’s accessible early learning program which uses music to build kindergarten readiness, numeracy, language and social skills.

Since play is so important, each of our learning levels, or Pods, is associated with a Hood Canal animal that uses play as a primary method of learning: Otters are preschoolers ages 2-5; Seals are students in kindergarten and first grade; and Porpoises are students in grades 2 & 3.

To make the difference we want to make, we need to reach the children with the fewest resources and greatest need. For this reason, Sound Scholars™ is offered at no cost to participating families in English, Spanish, and the Mayan languages of Mam and Q’anjob’al. 

We call the supporters that make this program possible the Pod Squad!

The data is very clear.

While not all kids who receive musical training will go on to be musicians, every child who does will see permanent improvements in their cognitive and emotional growth whether they continue their music studies for six weeks or six decades. Impacts that lead not only to higher graduation rates and lower educational costs, but greater health, improved employability, happier marriages, and much more. 

This is why investing in accessible, high quality early learning is one of the most effective ways to build a community’s long-term health and success.

Join the Pod Squad and help make early learning accessible for all!

Adopt an Otter!

$25/MONTH

PROVIDES 10 WEEKS OF EARLY LEARNING (ONE TERM) FOR 1 CHILD!
  • Great Bend Otter Plush Toy
  • Your choice of engraved wine glass, champagne flute, or pint glass
  • Great Bend and Sound Scholars Stickers and Note Cards 
  • 25% Discount On All Fee-Based Programs
  • 25% Off Event & Concert Tickets

Adopt a Seal!

$50/MONTH

PROVIDES 20 WEEKS OF EARLY LEARNING (TWO TERMS) FOR 1 CHILD!
  • Great Bend Otter and Seal Plush Toys
  • Your choice of TWO engraved wine glasses, champagne flutes, or pint glasses
  • Great Bend and Sound Scholars Stickers and Note Cards 
  • 50% Discount On All Fee-Based Programs
  • 50% Off Event & Concert Tickets

Adopt a Porpoise!

$100/MONTH

PROVIDES 1 WHOLE YEAR OF EARLY LEARNING FOR 1 CHILD!
  • Great Bend Otter, Seal and Porpoise Plush Toys
  • A set of engraved glassware – a wine glass, champagne flute, and pint glass 
  • Great Bend and Sound Scholars Stickers and Note Cards 
  • 100% Discount On All Fee-Based Programs
  • 100% Off Event & Concert Tickets