When Kate Inie-Richards became director of The Music School of Delaware’s Milford branch, one of the first things she noticed was a lack of awareness.
As director, one of her initiatives to increase awareness led the music students to perform at venues like schools and community gatherings.
Her efforts paid off, and now the school is moving to 29 N. Walnut St. They expect to move this summer.
The new location isn’t far from the school’s 10 S. Walnut St. address, but the new 5,500 square feet single story building has more space for the 25 staff members. Richards is looking forward to the recital hall. They didn’t have one before.
“We’re in need of more space for our programs and faculty that are growing,” she said.
By moving, Richards said, they can accommodate growing interest in programs like their Milford String Ensemble, women’s chorus and Early Childhood Program.
“We’ve had an influx of families who joined our school,” Richards said. “We have raised awareness about the Music School of Delaware not only in Milford but in Dover, Rehoboth and Lewes.”
Scheduling practice sessions has been a challenge because they can’t accommodate everyone at once.
“Currently, we can only run one ensemble at a time,” Richards said. “In the new location we’ll be able to run two or three at the same time.”
Funding is a constant challenge, Richards said. The nonprofit depends on donations, business sponsors and tuition.
Once the move is complete Richards expects the school to take on more students.
“Our programs will be able to grow so we will not only be able to offer beginning classes but intermediate and advanced classes,” she said. “Ideally, we hope our students come in when they’re young and in our early childhood program and stay with us before they go off to college.”