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KTBA Donates Classroom Set of Recorders

mallory, wv – Thanks to your donations this week, Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation donated a classroom set of recorders at Man Elementary School in Mallory, WV!

As excitement builds for the start of a new elementary school year, students talk about the possibility of playing a new instrument in their music classes.

However, in Mr. Bailey’s high poverty area of West Virginia, these activities are easier said than done with their limited budget for the music program.

“By donating, you will be able to help us achieve basic musicianship through our Recorder Karate program. Our students will be learning to read the treble clef, rhythms, and melodies through this project. In addition, by playing they can easily recognize steps and skips in music. Also, the recorders are color-coded to identify which class any lost recorders came from.”

Students enrolled in the music class will learn the foundations of music theory while learning to play individually and together in groups.  Students also learn life skills such as accountability, practice routines, and how to recognize patterns.  These skills have a snowball effect in the sense that they will come more regularly to class meeting times, and that excitement carries over into other subjects.  Since recorders are inexpensive learning tools for these youngsters, they are easy to fund through our organization, even though it may prove more difficult for Title I schools and the like.

Using your donations from this past week, we were able to supply Mr. Bailey with the funds for his recorder project, and they are excited to start learning some new tunes!

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation,

My heart literally skipped a beat when I read the email saying this project was funded. The people on Donors Choose just continue to amaze me with the amount of love and caring they have shown my students.

I’m absolutely overjoyed that my third graders are going to be earning their Recorder Karate Belts this year. We will be starting Recorder Karate after our Winter Break.

Because of you, our students will be taught musical discipline, rhythmic accuracy, reading on the Treble Clef, and so much more. I just can’t thank you enough for all the help my students are going to receive.

With gratitude,
Mr. Bailey

Keeping the Blues Alive is committed to preserving music education in public curriculum as well as preserving Blues heritage!

If you would like to help us fund next week’s project, click here to make a donation! 

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