How You Can Help

Sustaining Excellence

The greatest joy an adult can know is the privilege of developing a child’s potential in a way that enables that child to express all that is harmonious and best in human beings. ~S. Suzuki


The Preucil School offers excellence in music instruction for students of all ages, and creative early childhood instruction in a caring, nurturing environment. It is more than a place to learn to play an instrument: it is a special place where young people learn important values, make lifelong friendships and flourish as musicians.


We know that tuition alone cannot sustain excellence or financial security. That is why your contribution is important. Your gift helps us:

  • Maintain a quality music curriculum grounded in the philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki.
  • Provide financial aid to students who could not otherwise afford private lessons.
  • Offer an early childhood education program through which young children develop an excitement for learning and experience music for the first time.
  • Attract and retain quality faculty whose wealth of knowledge and expertise makes such a difference for their students.

How We Use Your Contributions

You may choose to make an unrestricted donation (“where needed most”) or specify how you’d like your gift to be used. If you wish to add to an established endowed financial aid fund, you can indicate your preference by selecting the fund names on the form at right. A few of these funds include:


Endowed Funds

The Preucil School Endowment Fund was established 1985, and includes resources from multiple sources. Income from this fund helps offset the gap between tuition and operating expenses, bring faculty salaries to a level more commensurate with their expertise and to provide financial aid to qualifying students. Gifts totaling $1,000 or more, often in memory or honor of a loved one, can be invested in perpetuity.


Brian Cretzmeyer Piano Fund

This endowed fund provides financial aid to cover the cost of piano lessons at the Preucil School of Music. It was established by a contribution from the Brian Cretzmeyer Trust for Young Musicians, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to providing access to quality musical instruction for children, especially those who might not otherwise have the opportunity. The Trust honors Brian Cretzmeyer, a talented musician and artist who began formal piano lessons at the Preucil School of Music at age 4. Brian entertained and inspired others with his music and played piano with great passion until his untimely death at age 29 from cancer. Brian’s mother, Linda Cretzmeyer, is a longtime member of the Preucil Guild.


Stacy L. Thompson, M.D., Memorial Fund for First-Year Students

This endowed fund provides financial aid for students new to the school. The fund was established in 2014 to honor the memory of Stacy Thompson, M.D., an accomplished local eye surgeon, dedicated community volunteer and former member of the Preucil School Guild who was killed in a tragic car accident. Her family established the fund. These funds are awarded to qualifying new students at the Preucil School of Music, Preucil Preschool or Music Together programs.


General Investment Fund

This endowed fund provides an ongoing and permanent source of funds for general operating expenses and property/equipment needs. The fund is unrestricted but designated for retention by the Board of Trustees.


Trip Investment Fund

This fund provides an ongoing and permanent source of funds to cover the cost of curriculum-related travel for students. It is for restricted and designated for retention by the Board of Trustees.


Financial Aid Investment Fund

This fund provides an ongoing and permanent source of funds for annual tuition costs for qualifying students. The fund is restricted to Financial Aid, designated for retention by the Board of Trustees and administered by the Financial Aid Committee.



Planned Giving

When you include the Preucil School in your will, trust, or general estate plans, you make a substantial contribution to our future and continuing success. Please contact Director Sonja Zeithamel at (319) 337-4156 x103 for confidential assistance in planning your gift.


Step 2) Click the donate button below to finalize your donation. This will take you to the PayPal Giving Fund.

Or Mail Your Donation To:

Preucil School of Music
524 N Johnson St.
Iowa City, IA 52245