Keeping The Blues Alive

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KTBA Donates Piano for Mobile Music Classroom

LONG BEACH, CA – Thanks to your donations, students at Henry Longfellow Elementary School will have a brand new portable piano to accompany their lessons!

“My students need a portable keyboard for those days we are displaced from the auditorium and must hold violin lessons in an available classroom,” Mr. Gallandt explains.

” ‘Up a step! Add a finger!’ ” My 3rd grade violin students are standing on a large music staff made with masking tape placed on the stage as they practice their note reading skills. Others wait their turn to be the “notes” on the staff. It’s a little noisy, but there is learning going. Visual, aural, kinesthetic learners, There is something for everyone.

Music is valued here and parents subsidize an extra day of general music with a fellow music teacher. The school is both ethnically and economically diverse.”

While every effort is made to avoid interrupting music class, some circumstances (rainy days, special activities) are unavoidable. An unused classroom has been made available, but there isn’t a piano nearby.

Students benefit from hearing the accompaniment and the pitches they should be playing.
This helps maintain their skills from week to week.

“Moving to an alternate site for music instruction involves moving upwards of 30 violins and 15 music stands along with method books and rosin. Having a lightweight keyboard will help facilitate creating a more complete musical experience with less wear and tear on the music teacher.”

However, thanks to the donations of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like you, these students will have a brand new portable, Yamaha piano for their classroom.

Mr. Gallandt expresses his gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Your generosity will provide consistency and continuity in our instrumental music lessons despite conflicting schedules in our school auditorium. Students will also be able to hear different timbres and sonorities during rehearsal. Our once a week classes while not ideal, do provide a meaningful musical experience and now we will be able to maintain a regular schedule.

With gratitude,
Mr. Gallandt

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