How We Serve


Children and teens of all levels of musical ability play a starring role in all of mentoring and educational programs and performance opportunities. They are our performers, recording artists, and music mentors. They are supported by adult volunteers who serve in a variety of roles. 

Music Recordings:

Through the support of local recording studios our volunteers record music performances, including some works they composed themselves, to uplift the spirits of those battling illness, isolation or poverty.  We have donated music CDs to hospitals, nursing homes, recovery centers, and other places where people can benefit from the gift of music.

Music Mentoring:

Once our students go through an audition process they may qualify to serve as a music mentor for economically disadvantaged students or seniors through our Piano Pals® or Guitar Pals® programs. Currently, our lesson programs active in five Montgomery County Schools and two retirement communities. We have also offered Piano Pals® at a sister site in India. The locations are limited only by volunteer interest and abilities.

Live Performances:

Our young musicians performed at over 100 concerts last year, providing music at hospitals, retirement homes and community centers in supported housing facilities. Currently, our musicians’ concerts happen throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Other Activities:

The Tacy Foundation is also involved in Reading Express ®, which brings stories to life through skillful story-telling, acting, and music.

We also have a Composers Circle where students with a gift in music composition can teach their peers and foster their own creativity as musicians.