April 8, 2019

First-year UNC student and Musical Empowerment teacher Lauren Ragsdale and her vocal student D’Arlene always begin their weekly lessons with warm-ups. Lauren tells D’Arlene to stretch, roll her neck and vibrate her lips. Room 208 of the United Methodist Church soon fills with the sound of chromatic pia...

April 9, 2018

Sounds of student performances filled the University United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Musical Empowerment at UNC-Chapel Hill Spring Recital. Over 80 teacher-student pairs participated, representing a variety of ages and instruments. Students and teachers performed for family, f...

November 13, 2017

Teacher-Student Spotlight

Lindsay Player serves in an integral position for Musical Empowerment as one of the leading organizations at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but teaching is her priority. It’s where it all started for her. As a senior, Lindsay has been teaching since her freshman y...

October 19, 2017

Teacher-Student Spotlight

“Wait, you’re going to be doing what?” UNC-Chapel Hill senior Ryan turns and asks his student, Cesar. Cesar just announced he’ll be the lead piano player for a production of The Lion King at St. Thomas More Catholic School this winter, which Ryan said came as a delightful surpr...

July 12, 2017

Watch the video below from StoryDriven's "Reel Durham" campaign on one of our students, Melodie Tun. Check out the full blog post and video here.

May 1, 2017

**To read Daphne and Sarah, Episode I: The Descendants, click here.**

It was spring 2017 and plague had struck Chapel Hill. The unpredictable weather changes left people unsure of their wardrobe choices, their hearts weary, and their immune systems defeated.  

Perhaps that’s a bit dramatic, but flu seaso...

April 11, 2017

We are excited to have been featured on WUNC this morning! Take a listen and read more here.

April 6, 2017

Our students and teachers from Musical Empowerment at UNC-Chapel Hill wanted to celebrate the Tar Heels victory and say congrats in the video below. The ceiling is the roof!

April 2, 2017

Thank you to everyone who donated to and supported the Strike A Chord with Musical Empowerment campaign this week! We raised over $10,000 to help our college student volunteers and the children they teach grow together through music. One of our student-teacher pairs, Sofia and Apoorva, would like to sa...

March 31, 2017

Teacher-Student Spotlight

“It’s personalized. It’s different from teaching in front of a classroom, it’s more about the relationship.”


When Maria Yao was in high school, she took lessons with Musical Empowerment, which at the time was called Carolina Music Outre...

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