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Ukuleles Donated in New Jersey!

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Elementary Students Receive 30 New Ukuleles from KTBA!

FREEHOLD, NJ – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation will be sending 30 Kahiko Series Ukuleles to 3rd-5th grade students at Laura Donovan Elementary School!

The school, located in Monmouth County (NE of Philadelphia), is in a diverse suburban area where the English language learners program is currently housed.  Some of the students arrive early to eat breakfast at school, whereas they might otherwise might go hungry.

“Many of my students can’t communicate with each other due to language differences, but when they enter my classroom, their faces light up at the sound of music,” Mrs. Tibbet explains.

“I use music, [the “international language” as they say] to communicate with my students. Soon all are up dancing, singing and playing along.”

“Many of the students at my school would enjoy playing a stringed instrument. While guitars can be cumbersome for an elementary-age student and have 6 strings, a ukulele can be much easier to learn and play chords on as an accompaniment to favorite songs like Over The Rainbow, You’ve Got a Friend in Me and many more.

My students love to perform and sing, while in the past have traditionally learned the classroom recorder, many of my students become frustrated with dexterity problems and cannot cover the small holes.
The ukulele would provide a better opportunity to explore an instrument solving dexterity problems, [breathing problems] (Oh, those winter germs!) and allowing them to sing and accompany themselves. It’s a win/win! Look out Broadway, here we come!”

Thanks to Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like you, these students will have an opportunity to grow musically while incorporating language skills into their curriculum.  By concentrating on the lyrics and the phonetics of the sounds, students will be practicing the language while also learning the theory and musical foundation behind it.

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!

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