Dreams Fulfilled Through Music was chartered as a non-profit organization on February 15, 2005 in San Antonio, TX. However, the Dream began 6 years earlier in 1999, as the Senior Girl Scout Gold Award project that one of our founders, Kathryn Marie Archuleta, designed for the community service portion of her Gold Award.
The initial Gala Concert, entitled “Children With Disabilities Studying Music” (or CWDSM for short) was held on March 19, 1999, at Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes and raised over $5,000 in cash and in-kind donations to fund a music library to be given to music students with special needs.
Dreams Fulfilled Through Music evolved from the dream of Kathryn Archuleta as she completed her Senior Girl Scout Gold Award in the spring of 1999.
From the initial concept of simply making music education more accessible for children with disabilities, DFTM was incorporated in 2005 with the mission to provide adaptive music education, social growth and self-esteen for all with disabilities. Today, our programs and services are open to individuals of all ages, from 6 months to senior citizens and include not only private lessons, but also music therapy services.
The Alamo Angels Accordion Orchestra, comprised of students with special challenges and senior citizens who serve as mentors, is the only performing organization of its type in the world.
Handchime Ensembles are offered for mentally challenged adults and are available for Senior Retirement Communities as well.
One of the most important elements in our teaching program is that individual education plans are developed for each private student, incorporating both musical and non-musical goals.
In 2012, Dreams Fulfilled Through Music has added a series of professional development seminars for classroom music teachers at the elementary and secondary levels. Artistic Director, Mary Kathryn Archuleta also provides Guest Lectures on "Teaching Music to Special Needs Students in the Mainstreamed Music Classroom" and related topics for area colleges and universities.