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KTBA Expands Music Library for Elementary Choir!

FORESTVILLE, MD – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation donated new music to expand the library at Samuel P. Massie Academy!

“Full of spunk, hard work and promise, my students are the best!” exclaims Mrs. Ojo, choral director at SPM Academy. “We are from Prince George’s County, Maryland, an area full of diversity and culture, and we dream big! In Prince George’s County, there are some areas that are limited in their resources and have little opportunities to look beyond what is seen on a daily basis. Many children within the area have been exposed to many things, some of which aren’t the most positive – but when they come to school I see their dedication to music and how it positively impacts their spirit and desire to succeed. To witness it all fuels my passion to empower and uplift.

As a music educator, it is my selfless obligation that I expose my students to something different, something priceless.

Through music, I have the power to introduce worlds, cultures and experiences to my students that build a strong moral fiber, sense of self-worth and hunger for excellence.”

“Students at our school deserve the ultimate best in all areas of learning. Many of these students are a part of a minority population, and are living in low-income households. Some students choose to confide in me about negative experiences they have encountered, while others come to school with vivid expressions of how their personal lives impact their mood, behavior, outlook on life and their own sense of ambition and confidence.

The primary objective in giving a quality musical experience for these students is to provide a safe-haven of healthy expression and an outlet to release negative thoughts and energy while learning.
These materials contribute to the safe-space that I am creating that seeks to maintain an atmosphere of structured freedom and excellence.

The requested music book sets and boom whackers allow me to facilitate concepts of pitch, rhythm, melody and movement in a fun yet rigorous manner while allowing room for improvisation, creativity, cultural awareness and collaboration as well. Selections from these books are not only perfect for the classroom but are amazing for performance opportunities such as Spring and Winter concerts or Honor Roll Assemblies. Other supplies such as the mini dry-erase boards contribute to seamless, organized learning for classwork or assessments and activity books are great for light homework assignments and transitional work.

As choral director, I am seeking to rebuild the repertoire of music that remains at the school, therefore, selected musical scores are requested to provide a variety of performance music that expands students’ musical catalog and appeals to musical styles they appreciate today.”

Thanks to the donations of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like you, Keeping the Blues Alive made it happen for these kids and we are elated to keep this going.

Mrs. Ojo expresses her gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Thank you so very much for your contributions. You have definitely made my entire year! On behalf of my students, I am so thankful that you see the necessity in supporting urban/minority children. My students are so passionate about music, and to have a chance at providing a quality learning experience means the world to me. I couldn’t have done it without you.

With gratitude,
Mrs. Ojo

Every week, Keeping the Blues Alive makes a donation to a school in need.

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