Gift of Music Sampler

Gift of Music Project Sampler

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Exploring Classical Music:  Recorder Consort

School:  South Side Elementary
Teacher: Karinsa Moline
Amount: $279

Funds were used to purchase alto, tenor and soprano recorders and classical music recorder books in order to start a 4th-5th Grade Recorder Consort.

Bringing Jazz to Life

Schools:  Central HS, Centennial HS, Edison MS
Lead Teacher: John Currey
Collaborating Teachers:  Nick Schultz and Kim Branch
Amount: $2,000 (Requested $3,000-awarded $2,000. Reduced from 3-day to 2-day artist in residence.)

Funds were used fund a 2-day artist-in-residency with Ron Carter.

Click HERE to read the proposal. Click HERE to read the final report.

One thing that Ron Carter kept reiterating was the importance of feeling music and reacting to it. He said that if we did not react to the music that we play and hear that we could never really play the music fully, because the music is not just the notes written on the page, it is also how it is performed and how it moves the musician. -Rachel Burdette

Slowly the band began to mimic his energy and enthusiasm, and the timing, rhythm and feel began to improve. We were making eye contact with one another and going off each other’s energy and we started to feel the music as a group. -Jon Krejci

String Instrument Purchase 

Schools:  Bottenfield and Westview Elementary and Edison MS
Teacher: Curtis Viselli
Amount: $1,000

Funds were used to purchase two cellos and two violas.

Click HERE to read the proposal. Click HERE to read the final report.

When you walk out on stage with a shiny instrument, you just feel confident, like you are going to nail it. -Jade

Even if you don’t nail it, you just feel confident. -Soumyoto

Orff Instruments for Performing and Creating

School:  Robeson
Teacher: Sarah Madden
Amount: $969

Funds were used to purchase five Orff instruments.


Opera for the Young at Dr. Howard

School: Dr. Howard Elementary
Teacher: Brandon Washington
Amount: $515

Funds were  used to pay the OFTY company for its services, including rehearsal, educational materials, and the performance itself.

Global Folks

School:  International Prep Academy
Teacher: Abby Heras
Amount: $1,496

Funds were used bring a bilingual family music group, Cielto Lindo, to the school for a school-wide assembly as part of a study of the evolution of traditional folk songs.

Students at International Prep Academy participate in an interactive concert as part of Global Folks.