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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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August 31, 2021

Fun, Effective Music Education is Easy to Achieve

Music is a powerful tool in learning, and Give A Note believes every student should have the opportunity to learn music in school. Keys and Kingdoms offers new and exciting ways for students to unlock the magic of music through gaming technology. “Learning and playing music through gaming with Keys & Kingdoms is such a creative and engaging […]

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August 3, 2021

Are You Kidding Socks x Jeff Coffin for Give A Note

Give A Note Foundation believes music is the right of every student, and I couldn’t agree with that more. – Jeff Coffin, Saxophonist   #StepInToMusic and support kids learning music Every child deserves the opportunity to experience learning music in school and we’ve teamed up with the kids at Are You Kidding Socks to offer a […]

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July 9, 2021

Not Your Typical Professional Development

Practicing Musician’s Symposium Join us for the most immersive educational professional development July 22 | 11 AM – 5 PM (EST) For Concert Band and Orchestra Teachers Learn how to enrich your instrumental music program with our free, individualized online learning method for concert band and orchestra programs, whether you are teaching in person or […]

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