Providing the Gift of Music
F2F Music Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Public Non-Profit Performing Arts Organization founded by prominent recording artist and professional Hammond Organist, Vel Lewis to further the development of music students. He believes that music enriches the lives of individuals. F2F Music Foundation desires that all youth are able to pursue continuous and rigorous training in music to their highest level of interest and ability while striving for the best academic achievements possible. F2F is designed to provide disadvantaged students in high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, the opportunity to excel in their academic endeavors by utilizing the benefits of music to enrich their lives, and the lives of others in the community.
With the expertise, the experience, and the passion of founder Vel Lewis, this vision is being made possible! His life has been enriched through music, and through F2F Music Foundation, he aims to provide the same opportunity to disadvantaged youth.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC EDUCATION
"Music is fundamental to our humanity. It ennobles and inspires us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. Music helps us express our values, builds bridges between cultures, and brings us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. When times are tough, music is soothing for the ache." - Vel Lewis
Music education has been found to improve students' academic performance. As stated in the “The Benefits of Music Education” by Laura Lewis Brown, “Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas.” In addition, research by Dr. Nina Kraus demonstrates the strongest evidence to date that public school music education in lower-income students can lead to better sound processing in the brain when compared to other types of enrichment education, which can help with communication and comprehension. In essence, learning to play a musical instrument can help disadvantaged children strengthen their reading and language skills according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention.