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July 11, 2022

Join the Piano Party with Harry Connick Jr.!

Give A Note welcomes Harry Connick Jr.’s Piano Party as a champion of our work to expand the reach and impact of music education. Piano Party is a new online piano course like only Harry Connick Jr. could create. As the course instructor and guide, Harry makes learning the piano fun as he mixes the […]

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June 27, 2022

Part 2 – Women and Girls in Music Production

By KELLEY KING and EMILY FALVEY This is part 2 of a 2-part series on the topic of music production education in schools. This is part 2 of a two-part series on the topic of music production education in schools. In part 1, we explored the rationale and recommendations for bringing music production education into […]

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June 10, 2022

Part I: Music Production – 4 Ways to Bring It to Your School Now

By KELLEY KING and EMILY FALVEY This is part 1 of a 2-part series on the topic of music production education in schools. Music production presents an incredible opportunity to breathe new life into music programs and STEM programs alike. One of the most obvious benefits of teaching music production is fostering high student engagement. […]

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April 25, 2022

Artist Ambassador Feature: Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin is a Give A Note Artist Ambassador. During a presentation at John Overton High School in Nashville, TN in March 2020, Jeff said, “Music education strengthens community, music education brings students together, music education provides a safe place for self-expression, music education promotes complex problem solving, music education encourages students to create, music […]

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March 24, 2022

Artist Ambassador Feature: Ruby Amanfu

Give A Note is committed to supporting educators who excel with their students – educators who guide students to use their voice through music to find place and belonging in this world. Music educators are tasked to identify how their students’ unique abilities can add value to the music community. Mostly that means encouraging their […]

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March 1, 2022

Nina Simone’s Early Champion

Nina Simone (b. Eunice Kathleen Waymon; 1933) is most well known for her contributions to jazz, her activist efforts, and her courage to channel her protests into song, giving voice to many Black Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. Her path to success and the influence she had later in life would not have been […]

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February 7, 2022

Artist Ambassador Feature: Brandy Zdan

I can remember my elementary music school teacher, Mrs. Lohr, so clearly. She picked up on my excitement, talent and how much I loved to sing. She gave me an opportunity to sing a special descant part in the choir. I must’ve only been in 4th grade. That led to more choir, singing lessons, piano […]

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January 18, 2022

Why STEAM Matters

STEM to STEAM: The “A” stands for “The Arts” By Laurie Orth If the last several years and this pandemic have taught me anything, it is that things change. Not surprisingly, my concept of teaching music has also changed. I used to be content in my own little music silo, teaching general music and chorus. […]

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December 20, 2021

The New Beat in Atlanta Public Schools

Five (5) Atlanta Public Benjamin Mays Cluster Elementary schools are marching to a new beat, thanks our partnership with Huber Engineered Materials. The $16,500 donation enables over 150 students to find their rhythm with top-notch percussion equipment as they launch into a new world of music in their schools. Give A Note was honored that […]

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September 21, 2021

Why is Music Essential to Arts Education?

by Beth Slusher, CEO, Give A Note Foundation Music education advocates know that student participation in music learning statistically improves academic performance, enhances cognitive development, and improves literacy and math skills by as much as 20%. So WHY do arts advocates have to continually fight for funding and validation to support the importance of music in […]

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