The Donald H. Smith Foundation Grant - The Music Den

Dear Teachers,

The Music Den is happy to announce  that we awarded our first annual Grant for instrumental music students in 2016.Thanks to Donald Smith and his family, we will continue this tradition every year.

Monies are available for qualified students to receive a “free” instrument rental for the school year.

Please read the attached information and distribute to students you feel can benefit from this grant.

Angela Marcone, Education Manager, The Music Den, Randolph, NJ


The Donald Hugh Smith Foundation - The Music Den, Randolph, NJ

Grants offered for individual students who show a strong desire to advance their skills in Music.

Students ages 10 – 17, may apply to receive a grant funding the use of an instrument for a full school year.

To apply please download and complete the “Smith Foundation” Grant Application. Applications can be mailed to or dropped off at our Randolph Store.

Attn: Education Manager
The Music Den
1030 Route 10 West
Randolph, NJ 07869


Grant money is available to students who experience a hardship for renting a musical instrument required to participate in a school band. Applicant must provide a full-page essay describing their love for playing music.

Essays will be reviewed and awarded no later than August 25th – each year.

About The Foundation

Donald Smith was both successful in his career and in music. Born in Minnesota, Mr. Smith resided in Morris Plains, NJ for many years. With a Bachelors from The University of Minnesota and a Masters from The Stevens Institute of Technology, Mr. Smith worked for 40 years with Bell Labs. In addition, he served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

His deep connection and love of music inspired him to learn and play the cello and become an active member of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, serving as President & Trustee in 1991. He also played cello in a string quartet. His wish upon his death was to provide the gift of music to children in need.

Mr. Neil Fretague and Carolyn Smith at (862) 324-3137 are the foundation coordinators. If you wish to donate to the foundation, please contact Mr. Fretague. Money will be forwarded to the D.H. Smith fund account # 113296 at The Music Den.

A full list of annual recipients will be available on the Music Den website.

Business Contributions:

To view Mr. Smith’s obituary, please click the link below:

Private lessons at The Music Den

Lesson Structure

The lesson structure at The Music Den is required monthly attendance. Upon sign up, you should expect to attend lessons every week at the designated time agreed. The teacher will be available for a one-on-one lesson for either 1/2 hour or for 1 hour.

Lesson Rates

  4 week Month 5 week Month
Lesson Rates
($31/ half-hour)
$124 $155
Family Discount $116 $145
Voice Lessons
($37/ half-hour)
$148 $185