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KTBA Donates Musical Instruments to Middle School Students

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation donated a classroom set of ukuleles, percussion instruments, a guitar, and mandolin to the music students at Peak School in Flagstaff, AZ!

“The students at our school need support from our community and are very eager to work hard to succeed!” says Mrs. Blickhahn, a first-year teacher at Peak School. “This will be my first year teaching 7th/8th grade and I will teach all subjects. The students have been very welcoming since I signed my contract at the end of the school year, and I can’t wait to get started. I am also a mother of four and I want to get a little support so I can afford all of these projects this year.”

Much to our dismay, teachers like Mrs. Blickhahn are still paying out-of-pocket for the supplies they need in order to achieve the benchmark goals they have set for their music classrooms.

“The students would benefit from having access to musical instruments in the general education classroom.” she explains. “They do not have music class everyday, and this would help them to build their skills and learn to play instruments and sing together. Teaching children to play instruments, sing, and to learn to read music is very important. It is slowly becoming less common in schools. I love to play instruments and would like to share this with my students. I am particularly fond of teaching middle school students to play ukulele and string instruments. I am a general subject middle school teacher, and I would love to bring as much art and music into the curriculum as possible. I would also like to begin leading a ukulele club.” 

Thanks to the generosity of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like you, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation was able to successfully donate these instruments and provide a reliable foundation upon which to grow from. 

Mrs. Blickhahn expresses her gratitude:

Thank you from The PEAK School! Today was the first day of my very first teaching contract. I have been going to school, working part time as a substitute, and raising my four daughters. The news that my project was funded came today on my first day and I’m so excited I could cry! This a dream come true! I can only imagine the opportunities that this may open for these students. What a blessing this is for us all! Thank you very much from all of us at The PEAK School.

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 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.  To date, KTBA has reached over 63,000 students by sponsoring over 400 various music projects! The journey has been incredible!

If you would like to help us to continue to grow, click here to make a donation! All donations are fully tax-deductible!

Thank you for keeping music education in schools!

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