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KTBA Donates Ukuleles to Middle School Gen Music Class!

LUCAMA, NC – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation donated ten brand new Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukuleles to students at Springfield Middle School!

“My students are very eager to learn about all aspects of music!” Mrs. Honeycutt explains. “They are positive and very enthusiastic about learning music together in the class.”

Typically, students that end up in Mrs. Honeycutt’s general music classes are students whose families cannot afford the luxury of purchasing new instruments.  They are not enrolled in a band class and often find it difficult to keep up with their peers.

This is one of the many reasons KTBA funds ukulele projects. Their low cost allows teachers the flexibility of ordering by quantity without sacrificing quality. In this situation, everyone wins – especially the student.  Another reason is because of their portability. The ukes are lightweight and often come with small cases for easy transport.  Lastly, the ukulele is a 4-string instrument.  This means less strings per classroom and quicker tuning when you have 20-30 middle school students trying to get started as quick as possible!

In the small town of Lucama, these instruments will mean a lot to the community. Local functions will require entertainment from the neighboring schools and musical techniques will be passed on from class to class.

“I also plan on having the students perform what they learned on the ukulele for the student body,” Mrs. Honeycutt explains. “It is super awesome to learn something and actually be able to perform it for others! My students will have the opportunity to experience the benefits of actually performing something that they have learned. They will gain self confidence and learn how to process what it takes to present to others. Performance helps us with public speaking and other opportunities to present before others. I am super excited about making it available to all my students this year!”

Thanks to Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like you, these kids will have an opportunity to learn ukulele fingerings as well as the culture they came from.

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

To help us fund next week’s project, click here!

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