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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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March 18, 2020

Taking Music Education Teaching Online

The way we understand Music Education in our public schools is rapidly changing. As more teachers move their lessons online, Give A Note wanted to respond and support as we know how: connecting an experienced educator to you all with a list of helpful resources to make this process a bit more manageable. We reached […]

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March 13, 2020

Meet the 2020 MEIA Recipients

Ashleigh Spatz Burgess-Peterson Academy | Atlanta, Georgia Composing for Community Composing for Community is an innovative elementary music project that focuses on the important and useful 21st century skill of composing digital music. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students engage in composing digital music with three technology programs: Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music, Chrome Music […]

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February 12, 2020

Devon Gilfillian announced as Give A Note Ambassador

Devon Gilfillian joins us as an official Give A Note Artist Ambassador. Devon shares his positivity and talent with us in the video below. Devon’s live performance of “The Good Life”, a song off “Black Hole Rainbow” is played on a student-built guitar and amp. These products are the proud result of a student project […]

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