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Gail Key Academy of Music

Gail Key Academy of Music

The GKAM is a community music school, providing private and small group Suzuki string instruction for students in the Wichita Falls area. The GKAM’s vision is to develop performance skills and character through accessible and affordable lessons.

Early music education builds a strong foundation for musical growth and appreciation, creating a scaffold that students can build on throughout life. GKAM seeks to serve a broad cross-section of children who may not have access to instrumental education. Donors who support GKAM open doors to give children a sense of pride and confidence through disciplined practice.

Currently, GKAM works in a unique collaboration with the Wichita Falls Independent School District and private schools, partnering violin instructors Tammy Sparks and Amanda Hernandez with elementary school campuses including Fain, Ben Milam, and Lamar to bring subsidized lessons during the school day, as well as Wichita Christian Academy. After-school lessons take place at various venues.

The Academy is funded through generous donors, and lesson fees are based on a sliding scale.

This program has helped build self-confidence, given an opportunity for my child to perform for family/friends, push through mental barriers and overcome technical challenges of playing music. She’s learned that you can excel at anything if you work towards a goal.

GKAM Parent