Beyond the Grade's (BTG) mission is to provide music education and life skills to at-risk students in Austin area schools. BTG aspires to give kids opportunities to learn from music industry professionals, while letting the students' interests guide the curriculum. They are currently providing music education for underprivileged kids as an after-school program in area school districts.
The immediate goal is to improve the quality of the education and classroom experience, as well as expand into other schools and locations. Beyond the Grade's teachers are local musicians — classes taught by working musicians give students the opportunity to learn how to be a music professional.
BTG's volunteer opportunities include bringing snacks to class, helping at BTG events, and securing instrument donations. For musicians looking to donate their time, BTG has volunteer opportunities to both assist in classrooms and teach a class. For more information on volunteering, head here.
Beyond the Grade's Annual Spring Benefit Concert is an afternoon of student performances on the main stage at the legendary Threadgill's Armadillo Headquarters, plus a silent auction and special guest performances from Austin musicians.
BTG is looking for people with a passion for music, the Austin music scene, and education to join their board. Head here for more information.