Partners in the Arts

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Two students play the piano
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What is Partners in the Arts?

This program pairs BYU volunteers with local middle school students who may be unable to afford private music lessons. You are "mentoring through music!"


We only teach lessons on orchestra or band instruments at this time. If you sing or play the piano or guitar we encourage you to look into other music programs available in Y-Serve through Best Buddies, Utah Healing Arts, or Adaptive Show Choir.



Volunteer Commitment: We ask that volunteers commit to one hour each week. Carpools leave BYU every weekday around 3:00 p.m. and return by 4:00 p.m.

Program Directors: 

Program Directors

John Wilson

(801) 636-5852

Thurs 11:00 AM-12:00 PM


Madelyn Bell

(480) 435-4957

Mon 4:00 PM-5:00 PM


Nathan Sherman

(801) 735-6217

Tues 2:30 PM-3:30 PM


Nick Van Slooten

(479) 418-9331

Wed 3:00 PM-4:00 PM


Active Semesters

Fall   Winter



How do I get involved?: 

How do I get involved?

If you feel comfortable teaching a specific band or orchestra instrument, please contact the program directors at Bring your driver's license or passport with you into 2010 or 2330 WSC to fill out a Background Check so you can start teaching soon!


Please complete this mandatory 20 minute child protection training before you begin working with the children. 



Seeing the students at the Spring Recital was and is so gratifying and humbling. When I see these kids who are so happy to show what they've learned, and see their great friendship with their teachers and I know that it is all possible because volunteers chose to take the time to help them learn and grow, it all makes it worth it. I am so grateful that I have had the chance to work with these wonderful kids and volunteers. It has truly made my experience here at BYU meaningful and worthwhile. 

-Mara Porter (2017)