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Partners in Music

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What is Partners in Music?

Partners in Music is an initiative that connects compassionate BYU student volunteers with aspiring musicians at Dixon Middle School who lack the financial means for private music lessons. This enriching program aims to nurture the musical talents of young students by providing them with personalized guidance and mentorship. Through one-on-one sessions, volunteers share their expertise in various instruments and vocal techniques, fostering both musical proficiency and a love for the arts. By offering their time and skills, these dedicated mentors play a crucial role in shaping the musical journeys of their mentees, instilling confidence, creativity, and a sense of accomplishment. Join us in making a meaningful impact on the lives of young musicians and help cultivate a community where everyone has the opportunity to express themselves through music.


How do I get involved?



Due to limited funding, only a certain number of background checks can be provided for our volunteers, and only a limited number of volunteers can serve in our program. As a result, we cannot guarantee that everyone interested in volunteering will be able to serve in our program.

Volunteer Description: Volunteers will mentor middle school students in music and help them develop their musical skills and talent.

Volunteer Commitment: Volunteers teach one thirty-minute lesson once a week right after the student gets out of school.

Because of our desire to respect the funds that are used to provide background checks for our volunteers, we ask that anyone interested in volunteering be sure that they can commit and adjust their schedules to be able to teach both Fall and Winter Semesters. This does not mean that you have to teach the same day for both semesters, but you must have room in your weekly schedule to teach during one of the available times.

In addition, our program requires that at least two volunteers teach together on a given day to prevent any chance of a volunteer and student being alone together in the band room where lessons normally take place. Volunteers also rely on their own transportation/carpooling to get to and from Dixon Middle School.

Step 1:

If you are interested in volunteering in our program, please complete this Interest Survey (about 20 minutes) or contact for more information.

Step 2:

Please complete this mandatory 25-minute Minor Protection Training before you begin working with the children. This training is transferable between BYU programs if we are unable to match you with a student

This program requires a background check from the Provo School District, one of our Community Service Providers. Further information about this process will be given after you have completed the interest survey.


Volunteer Leader Description: There are two kinds of leadership positions: Executive Director and Program Director. A program only has one Executive Director, but multiple program directors. Leaders are generally responsible for overseeing recruitment, retention, and reflection with volunteers. They also coordinate service with community partners and ensure their program runs smoothly. Volunteer leaders may also share the responsibilities of volunteers as outlined in the Volunteer Description. For more information, visit our section called Be a Leader!

Volunteer Leader Commitment: In addition to volunteering, Volunteer leaders commit to a 1-hour monthly team meeting to discuss needs and make plans for the program.


Apply to become a leader by completing one of the applications below (if there are no applications, then this program is not accepting leaders at this time):


Available by email at

Steel Manion, Executive Director

(385) 505-6950
Office Hour: (Not Running Spring and Summer)

Logan Beck

(402) 677-4104

Jonathan Hanson

(385) 865-5116

Kyle Lake

Sienna Whitehead

(509) 481-0865