Ravenswood Music Institute

Ravenswood Music Institute is a partially grant funded music program that provides low-cost community music lessons to students of all ages. Besides the joy that comes from being able to sing or play an instrument, the benefits of music education are enormous. In young people, private lessons with knowledgeable professionals are key to developing well-rounded humans. They build critical thinking skills, neuromuscular control, listening and aural skills and confidence through public performance. In older adults, making and listening to music has been found to increase listener appreciation, reduce stress, and improve the symptoms of a variety of diseases and disorders including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, brain injury, anxiety and depression.

Music is always a group activity. Even soloists are creating music for an audience. Beginning on July 8th, 2017, we are starting a beginning guitar ensemble group class that meets on select Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m. At Ravenswood Music Institute, we strive to create regular performance opportunities for all students through "All the Rave," our quarterly variety show/recital and social gathering. 

To Get Involved with the music program at Ravenswood Presbyterian church, you have a number of options:

Listen Just like the fact that a tree that falls in the woods where nobody's there to hear it does not make a sound, music can't exist without an audience, and as an audience member, you are the most important part. Attend any of our "All the Rave" student recitals or solo piano concerts given by Music Director, Paul Henning. Past concerts include the works of Frederic Chopin, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring", early jazz standards from the Ragtime & Stride Piano songbook, and a New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration with lunch prepared by our Women's Association. 

Learn to sing or play an instrument! Learn why a tree that falls in the woods where nobody's there to hear it does not make a sound!

Donate your time, talents or treasures. We are funded through grants and individual private donations from our students and families. Consider sponsoring a student or make a direct donation to the church. Volunteer to help with our yard sale and other fund raisers. Sing or play an instrument yourself? Consider donating your talents to uplift our Sunday worship.

For all this and more, contact Paul Henning at paul@ravenswoodpresbyterian.org or 773-962-1035.

"The chief end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul."        ~Johann Sebastian Bach