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KTBA Provides New Music Library for String Orchestra

LAKEWOOD, CA – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive updated the orchestral music library at Samuel Gompers K-8 School in Lakewood, CA!

“Our students are inspirational, passionate, responsible, and hard-working, Mrs. Lucio explains. “Many of the music students who are in middle school attend their music elective during zero period. This period begins before the regular school day, so students elect to attend seven periods a day in lieu of the traditional six periods. This class is voluntary and year after year our enrollment for zero period increases as students are motivated to continue their music education.”

Many of these students come from low income families, are foster youth students, or share a household with extended family in order to remain in the district.

While staying enrolled in the district, families are able to keep their children at our school from elementary through middle school. Due to continuous enrollment, older siblings inspire their brothers, sisters and/or cousins to participate in music. Gompers provides these opportunities for students to ensure exposure to the fine arts.

“These new orchestral books will improve students’ playing abilities by providing exercises on improving intonation, left hand technique, vibrato strategies, and bowing capabilities. This method book provides students with a fresh perspective on the importance of posture when playing a string instrument while strengthening their musicianship. The text will also provide the students with a CD disc they are able to take home to play along with, or for listening to examples technique and dynamics.

Implementing these books for all string students would drastically improve upon playing technique, musicianship, and music history.

Along with playing techniques and examples, these new books provide literature on classical composers, their lives, compositions, and music historical facts related to that era. The portion of the book dedicated to these sections are not only very detailed but they are also in color. All the music books provided through the district are black and white. The use of color in these method books improves student engagement and understanding. Students can also grow to have an interest in music history and may one day pursue a music appreciation class in high school or college. The benefits of these new books are endless and with help of this donation a new journey can begin for all of my students.”

Thanks to the donations of music lovers and Joe Bonamassa fans, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation was able to update the music library, and provide meaningful repertoire for these young musicians.

Mrs. Lucio expresses her gratitude:

Dear Keeping the Blues Alive,

On behalf of my students, our school, and myself we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude and appreciation for helping us in acquiring new music books. These books will help us improve upon bowing, playing technique, note reading, and theory. Our new books will impact on our musicianship today and in the years to come.

Words cannot express our appreciation for this generous and impactful donation. We know there are so many projects to consider and we thank all our donors for choosing our students.

With gratitude,
Mrs. Lucio

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