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KTBA Diversifies Music Library for Arts Magnet in Charlotte, NC

CHARLOTTE, NC – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive donated new choral literature to the choral program at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC!

“My students are quite unique as they have had to audition to attend our school of the arts,” says Ms. Stephanie Madsen. “They are creative and imaginative, from all walks of life and economic backgrounds. Using a hands-on approach and “learning by doing,” students are taught the arts by both full-time professional teachers certified in their arts disciplines and area and national professionals who teach master classes throughout the academic year.”

Ms. Madsen’s students love learning music, singing, and sharing the love of music with their audience.
Most students who come into the chorus stay in the program from middle through high school.

“Our music library is replete with titles that have, at various times, been extremely helpful for students in the past,” she explains.  “However, we sometimes lack works that tell different stories or are written with modern singers in mind. Any chance we can find to expand our perception of the world is of tremendous benefit to our students and our community. With these materials, we’ll be able to further expand our music library to include pieces that are both new and tailored to the needs of our program.
The works we are seeking will be supportive of young voices and minds, and provide opportunities to gain new insight into our world.”

More than one-third of students come from low-income households. 

Thanks to Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like you, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation was able to fund Ms. Madsen’s project by sending three brand new titles including: “Kyrie”: 3-Part composed by James E. Green, “In Meeting We Are Blessed” SATB a capella composed by Troy D. Robertson, and “Will You Teach Me?” 3-Part Treble composed by Allen Pote. Each title will supply thirty (30) copies to the music program – an expensive that they would not have been able to cover this year. 

Keeping the Blues Alive is a 501c3 organization that makes a donation to a school in need of music instruments, supplies, sheet music, and more every week! Your donations help us keep music in schools, while preserving blues heritage.

In order to keep the ball rolling, we appreciate your donations to keep music education funding alive in schools across the country. If you would like to help us to continue to make an impact on music education in America, click here to make a donation! All donations are fully tax-deductible and go to a GREAT cause!

You can also check out our SUBMISSIONS page; make sure to send it to your local music teachers if you have a specific project in mind.

Thank you for supporting music education for the next generation!

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