Imagine an elementary music classroom without recorders, a middle school choir without sheet music, or a high school marching band without uniforms. Students everywhere are seeing their passion being cut from the curriculum as art programs continue to lose funding. The sad reality of the public education system of America is forcing advocates to step up and become champions of children and their right to a quality education.
At the University of Central Missouri, a group of 50 college students are utilizing their love of music to raise money for schools who can not provide music education resources to their students. The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) chapter at UCM has partnered with the Give a Note Foundation to support music education in under served regions throughout the United States. As future music educators, this cause is fueled by their passion. The money they raise goes to writing grants for schools that cannot provide valuable music resources to their students.
The UCM NAfME Chapter has one goal throughout this service project: to bring the music back into the lives of students. As active musicians, they recognize how important the role of accessing quality music education has played in shaping their lives. Not only have music programs instilled a life-long love of the arts, they have also helped define their identity. Through collecting money from the community surrounding UCM, as well as the faculty in the UCM Music Department, the students have managed to reach their goal of collecting $500 for the Give a Note Foundation. Even though they have reached their goal, they plan to continue to fight for quality music education programs for all students.
With your help, we can support quality music programs for every student, every school, and every community. With the donations we collect, we will strive for the sounds of children creating music to echo in every classroom, down every hallway, and through every school. Thank you for your consideration to support this worthwhile non-profit.
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Review from #MyGivingStory
My students and I received a Give-A-Note Grant in 2015 and were treated to a visit from guest artist, RaeLynn. The biggest benefit for our music program was the attention. We were in the national spotlight! The local newspaper and radio station had coverage for the event and we were highlighted in a video post that included schools from around the country. We performed for an audience of over 1,000 people and shared the stage with a national celebrity. Our school district is high-poverty. We hear so many negatives about being an urban district and having 'inner-city' problems. The Give-A-Note Foundation challenged all of those notions. It gave my students the chance to be seen in a positive light. We could show everyone the power of music. Yes, the money was nice and it helped to sustain our program during the next school year, but it was the confidence boost that really excited our students, parents, and administrators!
Give a Note is an amazing organization that helps thousands of students recieve the gift of music. In a day and age where arts often get cut from schools Give a Note Foundation helps provide instruments for students to excel and experience all that music has to offer them. Thank you for all you do for music students k-12 across the United States!
My orchestra program was grateful and thrilled to receive a grant through the Give A Note Foundation as part of the 2016 MIOS Tour. The entire process of receiving the grant was rewarding and the foundation was very professional. They even succeeded in pulling off a secret mission with my principal for a surprise assembly to announce the news to me and the school. Along with the grant, we received a visit from Radio Disney, a concert with Forever in Your Mind, and an Ardy award. The experience really helped my students become extra motivated in their music education journey. The money went to purchase needed instruments for our growing program. Currently, we have 2 to 3 students sharing every cello, so the grant was very helpful as we work to meet the demand for instruments.
I got this grant out of the blue. I have been giving to the Give A Note Foundation as a part of my dues payment for the NAfME. Anyway, I didn't apply for the grant I was just selected because of the demographics of our student population. My budget for our music department is not very high, about $500 per year so I do a lot of my own repairs and maintain my instruments as well as I can but my favorite instrument is drums and although I have a couple drum sets I really love a marching drum line. This grant allowed me to purchase some economical marching drums and start a marching band program in the school. The students were reluctant at first but after our first little parade they can not wait to do it again.
I thought this would be a long shot for our tiny class D2 school in the North Central Division, but I'm very happy that we had the opportunity to be part of the 2016 Music in Our Schools - Give a Note Tour!! As a first year teacher, this was probably really ambitious, but I did it for the students and the community! We are very grateful that Megan Nicole and Nate from Radio Disney could take time out of their busy schedules and come see what a small town school is like. The Give a Note Foundation and Radio Disney have brought the students hope and excitement with the ARDY Award as well as the generous donation of $2,500 to our music program at Stapleton Public Schools. We are looking to upgrade some instruments in our music room! I cannot thank all of the wonderful people that made this experience possible! Our only suggestion would be to play with the timing of the event. The students wished that there was time for more than three songs by the visiting artist instead of the presentation with a few songs mixed into it. I think they said they would have liked to have the presentation first followed by a concert and meet and greet. Cheers, Give a Note Foundation! You are doing a great thing for schools around the country! We look forward to submitting another video for next year!
The Give a Note Foundation does some wonderful things for music education and music programs through-out the country! As a 2016 Southern Division winner of a $2500 grant, an ARDY award from Radio Disney, and a free Radio Disney concert by Carson Lueders and Candice on Air, Shady Hill Elementary is so very grateful for all that the Give a Note Foundation has done for us! Our sincerest thanks and deepest gratitude go out to the Give a Note Foundation and Radio Disney, not only for the grant, award, and concert, but also for the continued effort to raise awareness about the importance of music education for all our students in this country!
My elementary choir students and I participated in the Music In Our Schools Month National Bus Tour in 2015. The staff of Give A Note was EXCELLENT. I can't say enough about how professional they were and how smoothly they ran the event. All possible details were accounted for and they made my job (the teacher) so much easier by allowing me to focus on my students. They even took the time to meet with me in a conference call to patiently plan all the details, something that I'm sure was unnecessary for their team but certainly assuaged the fears of my administrators regarding the planning associated with the event on our end. I received grant money for my classroom as part of my participation in the tour. I was extremely pleased by every step of dealing with the staff of Give-A-Note.
This is Thomas J. Fleming, music director at Churchill County High School in Fallon, NV. We were awarded $10,000 in 2012. (I might be a year off.) One of the best things about the experience was that it was worth all the effort even if we hadn't been one of the winners. The students really came together. We had a blast arranging and filming. It was at the beginning of the school year, thus a good time to come together and gel as group. The money went a long way; instruments, uniforms, software, all that are still in use today. Thank you!
This has been a great year musically here at UPCA! The students have all enjoyed all the ‘goodies’ that have arrived into the music room – we have been able to use all these great teaching tools – books, posters, games – it is so nice to have these extra additions to the curriculum!!
The most exciting part for me was to be able to provide students in grades 3 and 4 a recorder in the Spring semester this year! Most students were able to learn the proper technique, and play different rhythms and the notes B-A-G! Quite an accomplishment in a short period of time!
Once again, I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be awarded this grant and share all these wonderful tools with my students here! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!
Give a Note Foundation Award Report
Carter Academy for the Performing Arts
Funds awarded are for the purpose of supporting the school based, curricular and co-curricular music education program.
The Give a Note Foundation Award of $3000 was used to secure transportation for the children of Carter Academy for the Performing Arts to attend two (2) performances by professional performing arts ensembles at theater venues in downtown Houston, TX.
874 students attended two (2) performances by professional performing arts ensembles at theater venues in downtown Houston. The students saw a variety of performances including musical theater, dance ensemble, and instrumental and vocal music.
Give A Note Foundation helped provide my students with a fantastic musical experience when we were one of the winners of the 2016 Music In Our Schools - Music Inspires Tour competition. Because of the great generosity of this organization, my tiny school in rural southeast Missouri received a concert and was presented with a grant check. The people at Give A Note are very easy to work with and are some of the nicest people I have ever encountered. Words simply cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for their role in providing my young elementary students with such a once-in-a-lifetime experience.