When Justin Neugeboren decided to apply to be president of Tutor For a Cure, he knew he wanted to bring a musical flare to it while raising money and awareness for a good cause.
Neugeboren, a junior at John F. Kennedy High School, was asked on his application what innovative ideas he’d bring if elected president, and he thought introducing music would be the perfect blend of his passions. Therefore, "Music for a Cure" was born.
“It’s great because I get to give music lessons, which is something I am very passionate about,” Neugeboren said. “I also get to make money and do charity work while doing it.”
Music for a Cure is a student-run musical instruction organization, specializing in piano, electric guitar, alto/tenor sax, drum set, cello, vocal and trumpet lessons. Each half-hour lesson is $20, with 25 percent of all profits donated to the American Cancer Society.
Neugeboren himself gives lessons in piano and drums, and he’s been overwhelmed by the support that the program has received around the school community.
“It’s been great,” he said. “All of our guidance counselors and school music teachers have been supporting us and helping spread the word. We’ve been getting lots of people who want lessons.”
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