Welcome to the Music Mentors and Movement Makers Programs

Music Mentors provides free one-on-one music lessons and ensembles for anyone in the Miami Valley Community. Lessons, classes, and rehearsals are held on campus in Wilberforce, Ohio, in the Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center every Saturday.  Lesson times are at the discretion of each teacher.

Movement Makers provides free dance classes for college-aged students up to age 22 in the Miami Valley Community.  Classes are held at the CSU-Dayton campus in Dayton, Ohio in the Dayton Contemporary Dance Studio space every Saturday.

All lessons, ensembles, and classes run according to the academic year, beginning Saturday, August 19, 2017 and ending April 28, 2018. Music lessons are offered in piano, guitar, voice, and percussion. A group Percussion Ensemble Class is also available. Dance classes are offered in Creative Movement for Grades K-4 and Contemporary Modern for Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-college. Applications for current Spring 2017 participants will be accepted and guaranteed admission from Sunday, April 29, 2017 to Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Recitals for both Music Mentors and Movement Makers take place at Central State’s main campus in Wilberforce, Ohio.

We will begin accepting applications for all others beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Any applications for new participants received before May 7, 2017 will not be considered.

The Program Director of Music Mentors is Dr. Jennifer Cruz, Associate Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Central State University. She received her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from Indiana University-South Bend, Manhattan School of Music, and University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, respectively.

She has worked with the Boys Choir of Harlem School and taught at the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. She has played on the international stage including recitals in Israel, the Czech Republic, Guam, Italy, Serbia, and in many cities in the United States. Her goal for the program is to provide music instruction to empower the community and instill basic skills that can aid students in their academic growth.


Dates to Remember:

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017 –– Music Mentors Fall Recitals
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 –– Music Mentors / Movement Makers Spring Session begins
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 –– Music Mentors / Movement Makers Spring Recitals