April 2009

A simple way to give back

April 16, 2009 09:24

There is a recent discussion thread about the study of music and economic realities.  My first violin was borrowed.  My next violin was a $3 auction violin (it was a happy day when my teacher dropped it).  My next violin was a rent-to-own with a plastic tail piece and painted purfling.  By 8th grade a corner had been knocked off when I tripped on some rocks in the snow.  Then I borrowed instruments in college until I was able to get something halfway decent with my graduate student loan.

There are students at all levels who have musical aspirations but limited resources. There also many schools in high poverty areas that  give students meaningful access to the arts.  There is an organization called donorschoose.org  that allows indivduals to donate even small amounts to a project of their choosing (not just music).

This is my project: http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=265856.  In my case,  I am hoping to increase the number of appropriately sized instruments I have for my students.  I encourage you to visit this website; you will see there are many dedicated teachers with limited resources trying to provide the best opportunities for their students.

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Junior Buskers

April 11, 2009 17:43

Eleni and Zoe's busking debut.  No, they are not playing Paganini-just See My Pony, Hot Cross Buns, and Mary Had a Little Lamb.  They had fun and even earned a couple dollars.

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