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Ukuleles Donated to Middle School Students

 KTBA Donates Ukuleles to Middle School Students

School Name – ILEAD Spring Meadows

Teacher Name: Mr. Baumgartner

HOLLAND, OH – Thanks to your donations, KTBA donated a classroom set of ukuleles to students at ILEAD Spring Meadows School!

Much to the pleasure of local administration, parents, and staff, 2019 is the inaugural year for a dedicated music program to be implemented in this active, creative learning school.

“My students have an eager thirst to learn and I want to give them an opportunity to learn music in new ways and leave a lasting impression on my students,” Music Teacher, Mr. Baumgartner explains.

“I live for the days I get to see my students smiling and filled with joy as they get to continue their exploration into music,” he adds. “Incorporating new ways for my students to enjoy learning is the reason I became a music teacher.”

Before the ukulele class was created, some of the students have never had a music class at all.

“We’ve been working hard to learn kinesthetically, but it can be difficult without the use of musical instruments. Being able to introduce some instruments into their musical learning will help with my students excitement, and would also be good preparation for future endeavors.

Since my school has never had a music program in the past, it has been pretty difficult to get and hold student interest. Much of this is due to a lack of resources available. There are very few instruments in the school but having a whole section on ukuleles would help peak the interest of the students.”

The benefits of taking ukulele lessons are extremely beneficial.

Thanks to the generosity of Joe Bonamassa fans and music lovers like YOU, Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation was able to fund Mr. Baumgartner’s music project.

Mr. Baumgartner expresses his gratitude:

Dear Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc.,

Thank you so much for your generous donation! The students will definitely benefit from these
instruments. One of the biggest issues I’ve had this year has been keeping the interest and
excitement in the students, but bringing in a new instrument will definitely help with this.
Thank you so much and I can’t wait to see how the students connect with the new ukuleles.

With gratitude,
Mr. Baumgartner

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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