Willy Pete Music Program
WHAT IS THE WILLY PETE MUSIC PROGRAM (WPMP)?
The Willy Pete Music Program (WPMP) is a FREE fifteen-week program that includes one-on-one instruction of instruments, songwriting lessons and audio/visual technology by members of the Willy Pete Network of musicians & artists. At the conclusion of each program the students and professional musicians perform an exciting live concert at a local venue for family, friends and military supporters.
WHAT NEED DOES WPMP ADDRESS?
Over 50,000 U.S. service members have been physically wounded in battle, and nearly 400,000 live with invisible wounds of war. PTSD, combat stress, depression, TBI and even suicide are the results of these invisible wounds. It’s estimated 15-20% of all veterans suffer from PTSD.
Studies show that these warriors could benefit from learning to play a musical instrument. It gives them an outlet to express themselves and olaying an instrument engages the brain in extraordinary ways. Music heals. Music restores. Our students have told us that the process of learning to play has given them hope, has helped them reconnect with their emotions and has increased their confidence.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Participants of this program need to be prepared for the following...
- Hard Work. Learning an instrument is not easy, but it is extremely rewarding. If you put in the time you'll see results that could end up being a major part of who you are.
- Time Commitment. WPMP pays for the instructor and many times the space. You'll be asked to prioritize the one-on-one lessons with your teacher as well as the practice time at home. There are ways your instructor can attempt to reschedule or do a video conference call if your schedule changes. However, your progress will be better if this is a rare occurrence.
- Live Performance. We want to celebrate your accomplishments and progress through a live performance called "Bravo Parade". This performance is NOT like a typical "recital". It more resembles a rock show with professionals featuring YOU. You will be surrounded and lifted up by these amazing musicians. You will be a part of an outstanding show that will leave you and all in attendance inspired.
- Video and Print Interviews. In addition to celebrating the lessons through a live performance with a crowd, we also try to create more and more awareness of our wounded warriors struggles and successes. We do this through video and audio interviews. These are handled in the most time efficient way and will involve a minor amount of time. We DO ask that you try your best to accommodate this request. AND...if you have security or privacy issues, we can work with you to mitigate or solve them in a mutually beneficial way. Just let us know.
If you are interested in participating in WPMP, please fill out the simple form below. We will be in touch about the next opportunity to join the program.
Once you submit this form, we will follow up with you with details and answer any questions you may have.