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Dozens of Music Technique Books Donated to Young Detroit Musicians

Detroit, MI – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation donated dozens of Hal Leonard’s Standard of Excellence instrumental method books!

“Excitement, eagerness, and anxiety, are some of the many emotions my students experienced as they first walked in to my band room as Beginning Middle School Band students,” Ms. Stokes explains.  ” ‘I can’t play an instrument, I don’t know how to read music, and this is too hard’, soon turned into smiles, giggles, and eyes full of awe like little children when they made their first sound on their instrument. They are also beginning to show confidence on their instruments as they explore science, math, foreign languages, history, and physical education all wrapped in one subject called Beginning Band.”

In Detroit, there are many different socioeconomic issues at work.  As businesses are beginning to come back to the metro and homes and condos are being bought again, there is a strong need for more arts and music programs to keep kids in school and off the streets. By providing more opportunities and exposing students  to more activities and new experiences, schools have the upper hand in developing young minds and preparing them for the future. That is why it is so important to aid schools that are supporting or wish to support music education in their school!

“Along with providing an education to my students in which many receive free lunches and live in or are bussed from economically challenged neighborhoods, my school also provides the families and community with many resources (food, clothing, social services, etc.) which helps to ease many of the everyday challenges that can prevent families from keeping education a priority,” Ms. Stokes says.

“Many of my students also participate in the after school program which includes tutoring, a STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), cooking class, and physical education. All subjects that my students enjoy to help them become successful.”

Having the availability of method books in the classroom allow students to not only work on material in class, but also when they go home.  Standard of Excellence method books are literally a standard for many music programs.  In order to help these 68 students, they would need books covering instrumental methods for the flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion.

“Also, because many of my students are using Xerox copies that are easily damaged, lost, or forgotten, I will have to use valuable instructional time copying more music. My students want me in front of them, not the copy machine,” Ms. Stokes adds.

Thanks to the donations of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like YOU, this classroom will receive the music instruction they deserve.

Ms. Stokes expresses her gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Thank you so much for your support of our school band program. I can’t wait to see the looks on the students faces when they hear that someone they don’t know, cared enough for them to donate funds to buy their band books so they can continue on their musical journey. Once again, a big thank you for helping to give my students the tools needed to be as successful as possible in the wonderful world of music through playing in band.

With gratitude,
Ms. Stokes

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