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KTBA Donates New Instruments to Elementary School

DECATUR, ILLINOIS – Thanks to your donations, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation purchased brand new instruments for the choir and general music program at Dennis Elementary School! This includes a Rhapsody II 88-key digital piano, a new cajon, accompaniment CD’s and workbooks!

“My general music and choir students are motivated, eager learners,” Ms. Boline states.  “They enjoy working on projects and sharing what they learn with their school and the community. They love music class even though it takes place in their classrooms since we don’t have a music room.”

Students are anxious and excited for a school year filled with music projects and programs to share with their peers from other departments. Without a dedicated music room, students are used to improvising spaces and using the gear they already have.

“[This year,] our choir is going to work with our band and orchestra to perform combined numbers in our concerts to help our music program to be more cohesive,” she says. “These materials [would] make a huge difference in my students’ learning. Exposure to other cultures through music is vital to teach well-rounded students.”

Currently, Ms. Boline does not have a keyboard in her elementary classrooms to teach on, let alone a set to allow students to work on.

“Having a keyboard to help teach my lessons will help tremendously,” Ms. Boline explains. “Having other instruments available to fully engage my classroom of active learners is very important. I want the ability to help foster a love of music in my students so they will want to be lifelong learners and musicians. These materials will help me to achieve all of these things for my super deserving students.”

Thanks to the generosity of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like you, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation funded Ms. Boline’s project and were able to provide her with everything on her list: a full 88-key console digital piano, a cajon, performance/accompaniment CD’s. The items will be delivered within a week – just in time for the holiday season!

Ms. Boline expresses her gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Thank you so much for funding our project! There aren’t words strong enough to express our gratitude! Music is SO important and you are helping us facilitate a deeper understanding and appreciation for music. We will benefit from your gift for years to come. Thank you so very much.

With gratitude,
Ms. Boline

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 donations help 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!

As a result, KTBA has reached over 66,000 students across America by sponsoring over 400 various music projects ranging from purchasing new instruments, field trips, guest clinicians, purchasing supplies, and updating music libraries.

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.

Thank you for supporting music education for the next generation!

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