When I was in middle school and taking music lessons, the pastor of my parents' church called to ask if I could play piano for services because their organist was no longer available.
He met me at the church when I went to practice hymns on the piano and stayed to listen. Then he asked if I'd like to try out the pipe organ to see if I could add a few bass notes using my feet on the pedals.
The pastor told my parents that I "took to it like a duck to water," and offered to pay the total cost for organ lessons and music studies offered by a local university for pre-college prep (including music theory, ear-training, sight-singing and choral technique).
That paved the way for a career in music teaching and performance. All it took was the pastor's simple phone call asking if I could help out – and the parish, in turn, helped me.