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KTBA Donates 12 New Guitars to Jr. High School Program

KTBA Donates 12 New Guitars to Jr. High School Program

School Name – Paideia Academy

Teacher Name: Ms. Avella

PHOENIX, AZ – Thanks to your donations, KTBA donated 12 new guitars to students at Paideia Academy!

***UPDATE 6/12/19

Ms. Avella expresses her gratitude and wants to share some photos of the bright young musicians working on their new guitars!

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Thank you very much for your help. My scholars are very excited to learn how to care for, tune, and play the guitar. Thanks to your genrousity we will sson have this wonderful oppertunity to share with others the gift of music and be able to cultivate their natural talents and abilities.

With gratitude,
Ms. Avella

“My students are very energetic, creative, and full of curiosity,” Ms. Avella explains. “They love hands-on projects and want to be able to play instruments and learn more about tones, pitches, and sounds. They come to school every day, with inquiring minds – lots of questions. Being able to reach each one of them and encourage their musical aspirations brings great joy to my life!”

Paideia Academy caters to all students in the neighboring community and quite a few of them do not have the means to own their own instruments or play them outside of school. Being able to bring music into their lives would make a huge impact in their educational growth.

“The materials and supplies that I am requesting for my students will be put to great use for my middle and junior academy students who can share their love of music and inspiration to others. The 13 guitars will give the students the opportunity to experience hands-on learning and be used for the choir and drama club as well.”

Many of the students taking music lessons come from Latin American homes where many of them have seen or been exposed to guitars and heard their music, but never had the opportunity to experience them for themselves. These instruments will also help to teach them discipline and the ethic of hard work and determination, through a fun outlet.

Thanks to the generosity of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like YOU, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation was able to fund Ms. Avella’s music project and donated twelve (12) new guitars to the band program!

The guitars will be delivered to Paideia Academy, where they will be distributed amongst the different classrooms ahead of their end of year performances!

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! All donations are fully tax-deductible!

Thank you for keeping music education in schools!

Shawn Hagood for Keeping the Blues Alive

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