April 18, 2018

Give A Note Foundation Awards Five Music Programs for Innovation in Music Education

Photo: Members of the Ramona Dynasty band of Ramona High School in Riverside, CA, perform during Give A Note’s 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Ashley Wales
Give A Note Foundation
(805) 236-4928
AshleyW@giveanote.org

 

Give A Note Foundation Awards Five Music Programs for Innovation in Music Education 

Schools of Five Educators Receive Grants for Innovative and Replicable Ideas 

April 18, 2018 (Reston, VA)—This spring Give A Note Foundation invited proposals for the Music Education Innovator Award that demonstrate school music programs led by creative music educators using innovative and sustainable strategies in non-traditional or traditional secondary music courses. These programs needed to show they were designed to attract students not typically enrolled in music education courses, in efforts to increase access to music education through diversity in curriculum and approach. Thank you to founding sponsor of the Music Education Innovator Award grants, the CMA Foundation.

Grant applications came in from around the country, and Give A Note is pleased to announce the five recipients of the Music Education Innovator Awards. These music programs will receive $4,000 grants to build upon programmatic successes to date, in efforts to create lasting change in their schools or districts.

“These educators have demonstrated both creative answers to needs in their school communities and a true desire to reach all students with music, creating inclusive programs that also meet the needs of diverse student populations.”

“We are excited to share these innovative approaches to bringing music education to more students,” said Give A Note President and Board Chair Beth Slusher. “These educators have demonstrated both creative answers to needs in their school communities and a true desire to reach all students with music, creating inclusive programs that also meet the needs of diverse student populations.”

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“Research continues to show us that a quality music education will have a positive impact on a student’s academic achievement and social development,” said Tiffany Kerns, CMA Director of Community Outreach. “We are honored to be able to help celebrate and recognize those who are creating innovative curriculums and help to ensure their hard work, creativity, and dedication to music education will continue as they drive their program forward.”

The 2018 Music Education Innovator Award recipients are:

These recipients will be invited and recognized at the CMA Foundation’s Music Teachers of Excellence event. They will also be invited to present on their school’s programs at the 2018 National Conference of the National Association for Music Education in Dallas, Texas, this November 11-14 (all-expense paid).

Minimally intrusive reporting requirements will be developed to allow for other schools and districts to learn from the resulting models, with associated music educators serving as Innovative Ambassadors to the field.

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About Give A Note Foundation
Since 2011, Give A Note Foundation has conducted national awareness campaigns and raised funds to support and strengthen music education programs across the U.S. The programs have reached millions of parents and students and provided more than $1.2 million in direct grants to schools. Learn more about Give A Note Foundation at www.giveanote.org. Help give the gift of music! Text “MusicEd GAN” to 20222 to donate $10! Message & Data Rates May Apply. Details: http://www.giveanote.org/giving/. You can follow Give a Note on Twitter and on Facebook.

About the CMA Foundation
Established in 2011 as the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association (CMA), the CMA Foundation is committed to improving and sustaining music education programs all across the United States, working to ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in music education. Through strategic partnerships, professional development and grant distribution, the CMA Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has invested more than $21 million in over 85 programs across the national public school system, after school programs, summer camps and community outreach organizations. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, proceeds from CMA Fest, the four-day long music festival held annually in Nashville, are used to power the CMA Foundation’s social impact and unique model of giving. For more information visit CMAfoundation.org.