Celebrating 10 Years of Lessonface!
"We consider music the universal language, and we are really excited to be making it more accessible to everyone." That was the short toast I gave at Lessonface's launch party, a decade ago. Today, Lessonface celebrates our 10th anniversary , and our mission of making accessible, equitable music education opportunities more available has not changed so much as it's expanded to include arts and language.
Throughout our first 10 years Lessonface has maintained the same basic idea at the core of what we do: connecting students to great teachers for live lessons online. Great teachers change our lives. As a student recently wrote on a survey "Lessonface is current maestros helping future maestros."
Today, as in our first days, our students, teachers, staff, and partners mainly are spread around the US, and also around the globe. We are grateful and proud to continue to work with many students and teachers who have been with us for years. Along the way, we have been thrilled and humbled to work with incredible, century-old institutions like the MET Orchestra and John C. Campbell Folk School, among many other established and newer excellent organizations who share our values. And looking ahead we're extremely excited about making more great strides with our community this fall: welcoming both new and returning students, and launching many new programs with our valued teachers and partners.
Music and art remain universal languages that transcend borders, real and imagined.
We are so honored to be growing together with you, our students, teachers, and partners!
Growing Together Since 2012
In celebration of our 10th anniversary, and of our community growing together since 2012, Lessonface invites you to join us in planting some new seeds to try to help restore the monarch butterfly’s habitat.
In July, the monarch butterfly was placed back on the endangered species list. The monarch population has fallen precipitously since the 1980s, primarily due to habitat loss and increase of storms. We can act now, however, because there is still time to counteract this habitat loss. And the Lessonface community, hailing from every single state in the United States, is well-positioned to help reestablish this crucial habitat.
Every fall, millions and millions of monarch butterflies migrate from Canada and the northern US into Mexico. Along the way, the monarch lays its larvae on one specific plant: the milkweed, and it feeds on pollinator flowers to fuel its incredible 3,000 mile journey. Read more about monarchs and their need for milkweed here. Lessonface will supply seeds. Will you join us in planting seeds to help the monarch along its way?
We would like to mail you some milkweed and other wildflower seeds suitable for pollinators. No yard? It's worth giving it a shot in containers or a vacant lot near you; heck, fling them out your car window while cruising down the highway, give them to a friend with a yard.
The seeds we mail will vary based on the part of the country you live in, and we will also enclose planting instructions and a special Lessonface sticker commemorating our anniversary.
In a small way, perhaps together we can help this incredible, beautiful species regenerate its population.
If you want to participate, just enter your name and mailing address below. While supplies last. As always, we're mindful of your privacy. In most parts of the country, these can be dispersed in the fall, and should spring up when warm weather arrives next year. (Planting instructions will be included in the kit).
Happy birthday, Lessonfacers! Here's to our next 10 years of music and arts learning; cultivating and appreciating the beauty in the world where we can.