is a harmony of music and education. We prepare youth for college and career through a four-pronged approach
Middle and High school students receive college-level music instruction from college faculty and professional musicians to build the next generation of musicians and increase their confidence and enthusiasm for learning.
Students receive weekly instruction in STEM subjects, while also improving language skills. FAME’s music and educational components meet national standards and help students to excel in school and achieve advanced academic placement.
Students prepare for college education through academic tutoring, study skills development, SAT preparation, identifying college majors and requirements, and learning about the admissions and financial aid processes.
Students develop technical skills for music industry-related occupations as well as soft skills such as organization, time management, goal setting, and networking necessary for employment in any industry.
FAME challenges students to set high expectations for their academic and life achievements by expanding students’ experiences to demonstrate that they are not defined by their current conditions or surroundings.
FAME’s Mission Is To Give Every Young Musician The Best Opportunity To Succeed In Life By Providing Music Training And Academic Support.
Every Young Musician Is Prepared For College, Career, And Lifelong Learning.
We believe that children, teens, and young adults, regardless of social and economic need, should have access to quality music and music education as part of their journey to adulthood. We believe that if given the tools, including the power of music, program participants will become young adults of a well-rounded character, and part of the next generation of leaders for our community and our nation.
Strengthen character through discipline, determination, commitment to mastering your craft, and staying motivated to get the job done.
Optimize opportunities to acquire new knowledge in and out of the classroom through active listening and fully engaged participation over a lifetime.
Uncompromising adherence to strong moral principles, being honest, consistent and true to self, and doing the right thing even if no one is watching.
Exhibit care, concern, and consideration for self and others; treat people as we want to be treated.
Demonstrate dedication to your lessons, your craft, your instrument, and the organization.
Provide a nurturing environment in which students consistently encourage and uplift each other and feel valued.
Establish and maintain relationships with persons and organizations that share our values and commitment to FAME’s mission.
STAFF & FACULTY
A. Toni Lewis
FAME Founder & CEO
Jazz Band Artistic Director
Associate Director & Instructor
Langston Hughes II
Ensemble & Technology
Master Class Instructor
Education Program Assistant
Board of Directors
Vice Chair of Internal Affairs & Treasurer
Gregory K. Wells
Vice Chair of External Affairs
Vice Chair of Governance
Karen S. Jackson
Carl Shazor, Jr.
Innovative Study Techniques (IST), Inc. provides academic tutoring, college preparation, and career readiness workshops for FAME students. IST was founded in 2003 by Riche Holmes Grant, Esq., an Ivy League-educated attorney who has dedicated her professional career to building academic environments that motivate and challenge students to resist the status quo. Under Riche’s direction, IST has grown to become a multi-dimensional educational services authority sought after by parents and organizations for its novel approach to learning and progressive vision for education. IST is headquartered in Largo, MD.