DEARBORN, MI – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation donated ten (10) brand new guitars to the music department at Henry Ford Elementary School in Dearborn, MI!
“My students are creative, thoughtful and full of questions!” Ms. Holmes exclaims.
“They absolutely love hands-on, active, engaging projects and they love to learn new instruments. They come to music class each day ready to try new things and take brave chances in order to grow both personally and musically.”
Most of the students that attend Henry Ford live at or below the poverty line. Many qualify for free lunch provided by the government programs.
“My students love music class because it allows them to be expressive and creative. They love to move, sing, perform and play new instruments,” she adds.
“We put on performances throughout the year that allows them to show the community how much they love music. They would love the opportunity to have more meaningful, musical experiences and would benefit from every resource they can get to enhance those experiences. My goal is to get my 5th-grade students motivated to continue being musicians after elementary school. Not every student is meant to be in a concert band setting and learning guitar will let them pursue a different genre of music.”
Recognizing the need for contemporary instruments Keeping the Blues Alive funded Ms. Holmes’ project and almost a dozen guitars will arrive within the next week.
“These 5th graders will be using the guitars to start a modern band project. They will be learning chords, scales, songs, and creating their own music. The end goal is to create a band with a group of friends. The guitars will help my students be more creative and motivated to finish their elementary music career on a positive note.
My goal is to get my 5th-grade students motivated to continue being musicians after elementary school.
Not every student is meant to be in a concert band setting and learning guitar will let them pursue a different genre of music.”
Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation is grateful for all of your donations in helping us achieve Ms. Holmes’ goal of $1,000 for these guitars. It is because of your generosity and selflessness, that hundreds of kids will have the opportunity to learn guitar techniques and skills that will carry over into other facets of their education for years to come!
We are a 501c3 organization that makes a donation to a school in need of music instruments, supplies, sheet music, and more every week!
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