Meeting Adversity With Musical Diversity
IRVINE, CA – Thanks to the donations of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like YOU, students at Vista Verde School in Irvine, CA will learn basic music techniques through the use of ukuleles!
“My students represent a diverse community with a wide range of social, academic, and physical abilities,” music teacher, Ms. Schultz describes. “Our school enrollment is more than nine hundred students ranging in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. In this school population, the number of students who participate in music is more than six hundred. Music is the unifier to draw together my culturally and academically diverse students.”
Music class acts as a common experience that emphasizes individual risk taking and group collaboration. In public education, music instruction is adored by students of all backgrounds. It crosses gender, culture, ethnicity, and age.
“In our music classroom, students become instantly excited when they hear the sounds the ukulele makes and what it takes to make that sound. In the majority of the grades at our school, we end music class with a variety of students getting to strum the ukulele. Our music class would thoroughly enjoy and benefit from having a class set of ukuleles.
By having a class set of ukuleles, students in music class can explore and learn a fun instrument that will instill a lifelong love of music.
In our music classroom, students can not only learn how to play the ukulele, they can also learn the responsibility in caring for an instrument, reading music (ukulele tabs), taking turns and working together, and eventually compose their own music pieces. A class set of ukuleles can also provide the opportunity for students to discover a passion for music and the arts.”
Thanks to the your donations, students will begin their lifelong journey of music appreciation!
Ms. Schultz expresses her gratitude:
Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,
WOW! We can’t tell you how thankful we are to receive this wonderful and thoughtful donation! The students at our school have been waiting for this opportunity for so long and we are beyond thrilled to begin working. We have nothing but the deepest gratitude for your generosity. These instruments will be used for many years to come – THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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