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KTBA Donates Keyboards to High School Choir

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation donated brand new mini-keyboards to choir students at Los Amigos High School!

The most inspiring part of being a choir teacher is watching students show their peers, and most importantly, themselves, that they are capable of greatness,” Ms. Martinez describes.

They slowly come to learn that greatness is not a singular moment in time, but a lifestyle. Greatness [means] to give your very best in every moment – when everyone is watching and most importantly, when no one is watching.

Every day, students in Ms. Martinez’s class collaborate on musical ideas. From their perspective, their classmates’ success is also their success.

Watching the students mature and collaborate has been inspiring for Ms. Martinez. She wants to help these students reach their goals by funding the proper equipment in the classroom.

What goes into preparing a high school choir concert, festival set, or a show choir competition set?” Ms. Martinez asks. “It takes HOURS of effort and dedication from everyone involved. My goal as a teacher is not only to teach students the vocal and musical skills they need to succeed, but also the personal skills it takes to collaborate in a team to reach our goals. In order to do so, students need to be given ownership of these goals and the tools necessary to reach these goals.

Through this project, students will be able to break out into smaller groups, or “sectionals”, and rehearse musical passages on their own. This exercise teaches students how to work independently and how to accomplish tasks with the help of their peers.

Additionally, the project requires a portable speaker system.

We currently do not have a speaker in our classroom,” Martinez explains. “The portable speaker serves a multitude of purposes that will benefit student learning. We grow as musicians through listening. Listening to [quality recordings] of singing helps us have an awareness of the sound we are striving to create. Listening to recordings of ourselves fosters reflection in order to celebrate what we are doing well and figure out how we can improve. Specifically, having a portable speaker is necessary because our choirs often dance while singing. The shape of our classroom makes it difficult to move around easily, so we learn and practice choreography outside of the classroom. A portable speaker will allow us time efficiency when moving rehearsal spaces.”

Thanks to donations from Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like you, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation purchased 4 new Casio keyboards and a battery-powered PA speaker for the classroom!

Ms. Martinez expresses her gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

We cannot even begin to describe how grateful we are for funding our project! Thank you for your generous donation- this could not have come at a better time as we head into our competition season. With your donation, students will be able to be independent musicians and practice the music literacy skills we have been working on all semester. This is a dream come true!

With gratitude,
Ms. Martinez

Every week Keeping the Blues Alive donates to a school in need of sheet music, instruments, supplies and more! If you wish to help us spread more holiday cheer, click here to make a donation!

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