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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 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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January 24, 2020

Cassadee Pope Reflects on the Value of Music Education In Her Life

We were delighted to have GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter Cassadee Pope join us in Nashville, TN last month at an event to promote the benefits of music education in our schools. “I think music should be available to every young person because those are such impressionable years and influential years.” Give A Note is grateful for […]

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January 2, 2020

Interview with Roxy Coss

Give A Note board member Renier Fee sat down with Roxy Coss, Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Recording Artist, Educator and Activist. They talk about her path as a musician and how she evolved into an activist and powerhouse for women and non-binary people in Jazz. Give A Note Foundation (GAN) and I are excited to have […]

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December 9, 2019

Interview with Dr. Tim Allshouse

Give A Note board member Renier Fee sat down with Dr. Tim Allshouse for a chat about his programs, goals, and how the community can be involved. We’re grateful for music educators like Dr. Allhouse who provide incredible opportunities for their students through music. Hi Tim! Welcome to the Give A Note Foundation blog. For […]

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September 28, 2019

Tiffany Naiman, PhD, speaks to the power of music

“There are very few things in the world that teach you about community building and how to relate to other people in the way that music does and I think that within education in K-12 it is really important, and in higher education, but I think doing it at a younger age is so so […]

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