Music Mentors



Music Mentors provides free one-on-one music lessons, ensembles, and theory classes for anyone in the Miami Valley Community. Lessons, classes, and rehearsals are held on campus in Wilberforce, Ohio, in the Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center every Saturday. Lesson times are at the discretion of each teacher.

They run according to the academic year, beginning Saturday, August 20, 2016 and ending April 29, 2017. Lessons are offered in piano, guitar, voice, and percussion. A group Percussion Ensemble Class is also available. Applications for current Spring 2016 participants will be accepted and guaranteed admission from Sunday, May 1, 2016 to Sunday, May 8, 2016.

We will begin accepting applications for all others beginning at midnight on Monday, May 9, 2016. Any applications for new participants received before May 9, 2016 will not be considered.

The Program Director of Music Mentors is Dr. Jennifer Cruz, Associate Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Central State University. She received her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from Indiana University-South Bend, Manhattan School of Music, and University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, respectively.

She has worked with the Boys Choir of Harlem School and taught at the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. She has played on the international stage including recitals in Israel, the Czech Republic, Guam, Italy, Serbia, and in many cities in the United States. Her goal for the program is to provide music instruction to empower the community and instill basic skills that can aid students in their academic growth.


Dates to Remember:

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 –– Music Mentors Kick Off Concert and Informational
  • Saturday, August 20, 2016 –– Music Mentors Fall Session begins
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016 –– Music Mentors Fall Recitals
  • Saturday, January 14, 2017 –– Music Mentors Spring Session begins
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017 –– Music Mentors Spring Recitals