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KTBA and Spotify Sponsor Djembe Project

KTBA Donates Djembe to McIntyre Elementary

SOUTHFIELD, MI – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation and Spotify donated an African djembe to the music students at McIntyre Elementary School. Spotify matched donations for the project to make this project an exciting venture for approximately 350 students!

About the Students

“My students LOVE percussion instruments – especially drums – and it would be wonderful for them to hear, play, and appreciate an authentic, high-quality instrument on a regular basis,” says Ms. Cappaert.

A high-quality drum is essential for any elementary music classroom. This African Djembe comes highly recommended by many music educators for its beautiful tone and resonance.

At McIntyre Middle School, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American. In addition, more than 50% come from low-income households.

About the Project

[Through learning to play the djembe,], they can sharpen their listening skills and receive instant feedback on their technique, accuracy, and musical expression. This drum will serve as a tool for enforcing steady beat and rhythm, improvisation, accompaniment, and sound exploration.

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

Thanks to the generous donations from music lovers like YOU, KTBA was able to fully fund Ms. Cappaert’s music project.

About Us

Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation is a 501c3 organization that makes a donation to a school in need of music instruments, supplies, sheet music, and more every week! Your donation helps us to keep music in schools, while preserving blues heritage. Without your support, we would not be able to reach as many students around the country. We are grateful for your generosity.

If you would like to help us fund next week’s project, click here to make a donation! Under CAMPAIGN, select “General Support” which funds the Music Education General Fund for our music projects. All donations are fully tax-deductible!

Thank you for keeping music education in schools!

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