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October 13, 2020

Understanding the Audio Signal Chain

Written by guest contributor J. Bleese The audio signal chain refers to the path of an electric audio signal. Knowing how this chain works is useful for any student, teacher, or anyone involved in learning or teaching music. Apart from mastering recordings or setting up live performances, you can also use this knowledge in troubleshooting […]

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September 28, 2020

Fundraising for Your District + Give A Note with Practicing Musician

Give A Note is excited to partner with Practicing Musician in support of our mission to bring awareness to the importance of music education and to nurture, grow, and strengthen music education opportunities — for every student, every school, and every community. Your students will rent instruments this school year so they can participate in […]

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August 17, 2020

What Music Programs Need From Parents Right Now

by Stacey Swanson, Give A Note Board Member When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I […]

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June 30, 2020

Learn how to make a Mbira with K. Michelle Lewis

Our friends at the CMA Foundation brought together artists and music teachers to bring some fun music learning to all of us at home this summer and invited our 2018 MEIA grantee, K. Michelle Lewis, to teach us how to make the Mbira instrument using items we can find in our house: wooden dowels (or […]

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June 12, 2020

Egg Harbor Township HS virtual spring showcase

MEIA Grantee David Milnes and his colleagues at Egg Harbor Township High School in New Jersey felt terrible that the students missed their spring concerts and musical. So they put on a virtual showcase, granting the school choir, band, and strings members the opportunity to perform. They also worked together to record one of the […]

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June 4, 2020

When words aren’t enough

Dear Give A Note community, Music is a unique power. It can soothe, teach, inspire, and unite. Importantly, it can also allow us to express ourselves when we cannot find the right words. Now is such a moment. The Give A Note team has grieved over the recent losses of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud […]

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May 29, 2020

Arts Education is Essential

Give A Note is proud to join more that 50 national arts organizations and companies in support of the unified statement Arts Education Is Essential. The creative and collaborative aspects of learning music is an essential part of keeping students engaged and connected during this challenging COVID-19 environment. Music educators are uniquely prepared to continue […]

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May 4, 2020

#GivingTuesdayNow Spotlight: Ben Thompson at Northeast Early College

Ben Thompson is a 2019 Give A Note Music Education Innovator Award recipient. This video features music created by his students as well as some of their testimonials about the program. Ben originally taught physics at Northeast Early College, an urban high school with a highly structured learning environment focused on rigorous academics, technology, and […]

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April 10, 2020

MEIA Grantee Uses Virtual Collaboration to Connect with Students

Give A Note is dedicated to supporting music educators, no matter the circumstances. We understand that teachers are learning quickly how to adapt their methods to keep their students engaged during this time. We have asked several of our Music Education Innovator Award (MEIA) recipients to share with us the resources they feel have been […]

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