Keeping Music Alive in Our Schools

Our Mission

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments and vital support services to under-funded music programs nationwide, giving economically-disadvantaged youth access to the many benefits of music education, helping them to be successful students, and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music.

Proud recipient of Americans for the Arts 2016 Arts Education Award

We’re honored to have played a part in matching Brianna with a very special instrument, donated by a very special man. Watch the Academy Awarded Nominated® Short Subject Documentary Joe’s Violin in its entirety here.

“I’m finally going to be able to have my own instrument checked out to me that I don’t have to share for the first time. No matter how hard I tried, my old instrument would not play in tune. We perform very difficult music and it was hard to hear how I was supposed to sound and not be able to physically do it. My new instrument will make performing music even more enjoyable. I will also be able to spend more time practicing what I love since my instrument will not need to be repaired all the time. Thank you for making my high school music experience one to remember!”

– Mario, Band Captain at South Miami Sr. High School, Miami FL

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21 Years In Service to Music Education

We make sure that students from low-income circumstances, whose parents can’t afford to rent or buy an instrument for their children, are given an opportunity to play music in school. By giving schools the instruments they need, all children will have access to music education and the joy of learning to play an instrument. In 21 years, our wonderful donors have enabled us to give instruments to 1,490 schools across the country.

In the 2015/2016 school year 1,630 instruments were delivered to 52 schools across the country, and this is what they reported one year after receiving instruments:

1,323 additional students were able to participate in their school music program and 837 students no longer had to share an instrument


373 aged or broken instruments were replaced with quality, new ones – enhancing student learning, progression, engagement and achievement; 248 instruments were no longer borrowed from other schools

Over the ten+ years that the instruments will be in use, more than 20,000 students will benefit.

The annual music teacher turnover rate at MHOF granted schools (very low income) over the past three years is .0814% compared to the national music teacher turnover rate of 38%¹. Teachers receiving our help are encouraged and re-inspired to continue in their challenging positions knowing that they are being heard and given the tools they need to succeed. ¹ National Center for Education Statistics