This March-April Give a Note Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour. This year along with Radio Disney/Radio Disney Country, the CMA Foundation is joining by matching grants to the six schools selected for the Tour – with a total of $30,000 to be presented to schools for their music programs.
Additionally, two Tri-M® Music Honor Society chapters (middle/high school students) and the colleges/universities of two collegiate National Association for Music Education (cNAfME) chapters that raised the most donations for Give a Note during last fall’s “Music Ed Matters” Chapter Challenge will be on the Tour. These upcoming stops will feature check presentations from the winning student chapters to Give a Note Foundation, to help provide grants for more schools. These schools have also invited young students from local elementary and middle schools to join them in a performance and to enjoy a celebration concert by a Radio Disney or Radio Disney Country artist during the Tour stops at their schools.
“These presentations will be wonderful ‘pay it forward’ moments,” said Give a Note President and Board Chair Beth Slusher. “I am so proud of these generous and hard-working students who have demonstrated what leading and serving look like.”
One of those winning collegiate chapters is at the University of Central Missouri (UCM), which will enjoy a concert with Radio Disney artist Erin Bowman, whose song “Good Time Good Life” was featured on the promotional trailer for the 2017 Academy Awards. (Watch Erin Bowman perform on Good Morning America.)
The UCM cNAfME chapter had one goal for their service project: To bring music back into the lives of students.
“At the beginning of the year, our Chapter Advisor, Dr. Campbell, encouraged us to discover our potential and participate in a service project to help our community,” says UCM cNAfME Secretary Jenae Maley. “When we discovered Give a Note Foundation and presented it to the chapter, our members instantly connected and empathized with the students in need of better resources for music education.”
The UCM cNAfME chapter had one goal for their service project: To bring music back into the lives of students. As active musicians, they recognize the importance that music education has played in shaping their lives. Not only have music programs instilled a lifelong love of the arts, they have also helped define their identity.
The UCM Percussion Line will perform a mash-up of Disney songs with percussionists from 11 high schools in the local community. The final song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” will be led by the chapter, and the students in the audience will sing along. Additionally, Forever Young, a Branson, Missouri, musical group of five men will make an appearance and share their experience with music education and why it is so important.
Following are the dates and schools for the 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour:
- March 3: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO (Collegiate winner)
- March 10: Collinsville High School, Collinsville, IL (Tri-M winner)
- March 15: Salina South Middle School, Salina, KS
- March 17: Joliet Central High School, Joliet, IL
- March 24: Ramona High School, Riverside, CA
- March 29: Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee, WA
- April 5: James Otis Elementary, Boston, MA
- April 6: Marblehead High School, Marblehead, MA (Tri-M winner)
- April 7: Rhode Island College, Providence, RI (Collegiate winner)
- April 21: Tar River Elementary, Franklinton, NC
To learn more about Give a Note Foundation and the Music In Our Schools Tour, visit www.giveanote.org and follow the hashtag #MusicInspires. Be sure to follow the Tour on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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About the CMA Foundation: CMA created the nonprofit 501(c)(3) CMA Foundation in 2011. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, the CMA Foundation focuses on improving and sustaining music education programs everywhere while supporting worthwhile causes important to the Country Music Association. In 2017, the CMA Foundation has earmarked a record $3.1 million to 44 in- and after-school music education programs across the country, bringing the Foundation’s total contributions to date to $17.5 million.