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KTBA Donates New Piano to Spring Valley Music Program!

HUNTINGTON, WV – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation donated a new piano to the music students at Spring Valley High School!

“My students come into class daily with enthusiasm to learn!” Mrs. Riedel exclaims. “My school is a rural school in southern WV that is made up of 1,100 students that have rarely left this area. In my classroom, we study music from all over the world and learn to sing music from various cultures.”

Through music, the students have learned about composers, cultural events, and learned the history behind many songs as they are learning to vocally sing their work or play their music. This connection has been proven to provide stronger bonds between children and the content they are exposed to!

“The students enter with many questions and throughout their questioning, they have led me to appreciate the opportunities that were given to me through music. Each day brings a new adventure and challenge. The students are eager to sing and learn to play as much as their classroom instruction time will allow them on a daily basis,” Riedel adds.

Currently, Mrs. Riedel’s classroom piano has keys that are sticking to the board or will not sound. Some of the black keys have been chipped off – making the instrument not only an eye-sore but a hazard to kids being exposed to splinters.

“This becomes very frustrating to my choral students as well as my classroom piano students. My students will only become more confident as vocalists and as piano students [if we are funded]; they will have an instrument that will bring their music to life!”

The classroom piano is used four periods per day for regular instruction. It is used for learning and preparing for upcoming concerts, recitals, and even weekly performances. With the amount of wear and tear that goes into instruments already, it is no wonder the piano is falling apart!

Thanks to Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like you, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation was able to fund the program with its finest piano in the past decade!  The grant funded a Yamaha P-45 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano that sounds absolutely marvelous!  The full package also includes headphones for private practicing, a piano bench and a sustain pedal!

Mrs. Riedel expresses her gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Thank you so much for your generosity! My students and I are thrilled and cannot thank you enough! This will be of great use to our music program at Spring Valley High School! Beautiful music will be heard throughout the hallways because of you and your generosity!

Thank you again!

With gratitude,
Mrs. R.

Every week, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation makes a donation to a school in need of music instruments, supplies, sheet music and more!

To help us fund next week’s project, click here to make a small donation.

Thank you for helping Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation keep music in schools!

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