2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour to Visit Tar River Elementary School April 21

This March-April Give a Note Foundation is hosting its fourth Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour, and Tar River Elementary School will be the final stop. This year along with Radio Disney and 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.

After more than 60,000 views of the 12 semifinalist schools’ videos for the 2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour, during which viewers voted daily for their favorite schools last fall, Tar River Elementary School in Franklinton, NC, was among the six schools selected to be part of the Tour. Tar River Elementary School will be presented a “big check” from Give a Note Foundation for $2,500, which will be matched by the CMA Foundation. The CMA Foundation has also named music educator Angela Mangum a 2017 CMA Music Teacher of Excellence, and she will attend a celebratory dinner hosted by five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town Wednesday, April 26, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, the home of CMA Music Festival’s Nightly Concerts.

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At the April 21 Tour stop, Radio Disney Country artist Temecula Road will join in celebrating the talented students with a performance at their school hosted by Radio Disney Country correspondent Savannah Keyes. Tar River Elementary School will also be presented an honorary Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA) “ARDY” Statuette.

“Tar River Elementary is in a rural community, so exposure to the performing arts is at a minimum,” shared music educator Angela Mangum. “The majority of families have never attended a symphony performance, an opera, a ballet or a musical.” When Mrs. Mangum arrived at Tar River several years ago, the school did not have a music program. But today, the “school choir, the Terra Tunes of Tar River, perform in many concerts and community events and are regularly selected as members of the NC Elementary Honors Chorus.”

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Music educator Angela Mangum and Tar River elementary students


“Music has brought joy, creativity, confidence, and positive self-esteem to Tar River,” continues Mrs. Mangum. “The children ALL sing (and I would add ‘really well!’) Every March to kick off our Music In Our Schools Month celebration, all students participate in an ‘In Class Talent Show’ where students can choose to perform a song, a dance, or on an instrument for their class. This special week helps students to inspire other students. We wrap up the month with a school talent show that always amazes me, as students continue to develop and push forward with their musical talents!”

“When children work hard, achieve a high level of success with their music, and then have hundreds or thousands of audience members giving thunderous applause (positive feedback), it is going to have an impact,” notes Mrs. Mangum. “I have seen my music students grow into confident leaders, willing collaborators, creative thinkers, risk takers and joyous people. Receiving the Give a Note and CMA Foundation grants will open doors for my students!”

Following are the dates and schools for the 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour, including the schools of two Tri-M® Music Honor Society chapters and the colleges/universities of two collegiate NAfME chapters that raised the most donations for Give a Note during the fall’s “Music Ed Matters” Chapter Challenge October 1-December 31:

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.


Media contacts:

For Give a Note Foundation:
Lindsay Sheldon
(703) 860-4000 ext. 230

Bianca Roberts
(571) 323-5933

For the CMA Foundation:
Courtney Beebe

About the Give a Note Foundation.

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.

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