The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapter Overview

Musical Empowerment at UNC-Chapel Hill serves 145 children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district whose families would not otherwise have access to music lessons. UNC-Chapel Hill students are paired with CHCCS children for free weekly, 40 minute, one-on-one music lessons and mentorship. Our program provides free instruments, music books, teacher workshops, and trainings to participants, as well as any other resources that may improve the quality and value of lessons. Lessons take place at the University United Methodist Church on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. We accept applications at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters, and lessons begin in August and end in April.


Musical Empowerment Counseling Program for Teachers

Three generous grad students from the School of Education at UNC are available to consult with you about your relationship with your student and/or their family.

To schedule a session with one of our counselors, please click one of the calendy links below. It will lead to a platform where you can schedule 15 minute or 30 minute sessions.


New Parent & Students (English)

New Parent & Student Application

New Parent & Students (Spanish)

New Parent & Student Application


Katharine Batchelor
Board Chair, Operations Director at North Carolina Study Center

Marissa Cranford
Former Musical Empowerment at UNC Co-President, nursing student at Duke University

Evan Linett
Current Musical Empowerment at UNC Senior Co-President

Jeff Fuchs
Director of University Bands and Coordinator of External Activities at UNC-Chapel Hill

Jesse Safir
Musical Empowerment Parent

Kelly Kennedy (ex-officio)
Current Musical Empowerment at UNC Junior Co-President

Ann Daaleman
Director of Phillips Middle School Orchestra Program

Joshua Pongsitiphon
Current Carrboro High School Student, Musical Empowerment Student of 7+ years

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Garcia
Professor of Music, UNC-Chapel Hill


UNC Music Department

Carolina Performing Arts

UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Y

University United Methodist Church

Carolina Center for Public Service: APPLES Service Learning Program

A partial list of the past student co-presidents of Musical Empowerment at UNC-Chapel Hill is given below:

Christine Moseley (Founder)

Kara Schoo

Wes Johnson

Allie Howard

Meredith Richard

Lindsay Player

Michelle Lee

Josie Johnson

Michele Hicks

Katie Weinel

Connor Davis

Evan Linett

Mark Frank

Landon Meekins

Maggie Peng

Kaitlyn Hamlett

Marissa Cranford

Michael Muller