Give a Note Foundation Announces the Six Schools Hosting the 2016 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour

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Give a Note Foundation and Radio Disney join forces to present grants and celebrate school music programs. Six schools will receive grants for their music programs and host a celebration concert with a Radio Disney artist and presentation of a Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA) "ARDY" Statuette.

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Radio Disney on air personality Brooke Taylor with music teacher Angela Harman of Spanish Fork Junior High School.

Since 2011, Give a Note has given $1.2 million in grants to schools for their music programs, reaching more than 40,000 students in 100 communities. Give a Note has reached 35 states and counting.

Forget the excitement of unexpected snow days—spring is almost here! And that means Music In Our Schools Month®, which is celebrated each March, is gearing up. What’s more, this March and April, six schools around the United States will host celebrations no student would want to miss.

Last October, Radio Disney on-air personality Brooke Taylor and Give a Note President and Board Chair Beth Slusher announced the partnership for the third annual Music In Our Schools Tour. Thanks to the generosity of Radio Disney, the 2016 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour will have a greater reach than ever before.

Schools from all over the nation shared performances of songs that inspired their music students. And this past month, votes were cast to select one school in each of six regions around the United States to receive a grant from the Give a Note Foundation for their music program, a celebration concert with a Radio Disney artist, and a Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA) "ARDY" Statuette, recognizing the schools as honorary award winners of the 2016 RDMA, music's biggest event for families.

These six schools will host the 2016 Music In Our Schools Tour (dates subject to change):

  • George A. Jackson Elementary School, Jericho, NY (Nassau County); Music Teacher: Andrea Gonnella
  • Spanish Fork Junior High School, Spanish Fork, UT (Utah County); Music Teacher: Angela Harman
  • Maplewood Elementary School, Puyallup, WA (Pierce County); Music Teacher: Maggie Smith
  • Shady Hill Elementary School, Ocala, FL (Marion County); Music Teacher: Sondra A. W. Collins
  • Stapleton Public Schools, Stapleton, NE (Logan County); Music Teacher: Daniel Gibbs
  • Southwest Elementary School, Dexter, MO (Stoddard County); Music Teacher: James Eldreth

The first visit will be March 17 at Shady Hill Elementary School in Ocala, FL, with Radio Disney artist Carson Lueders and Radio Disney's on-air personality Candice.

Music In Our Schools Month® or “MIOSM®” is National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.

However, many underserved schools around the country do not receive the support they need to sustain their music programs. This need inspired the creation of Give a Note Foundation, which was established in 2011 by NAfME with a vision of giving every child the opportunity to participate in school music programs. Give a Note shines a spotlight on those areas of need, and the value of music education in the lives of all students, and the great work of the music teachers who reach those students.

Since 2011, Give a Note has given $1.2 million in grants to schools for their music programs, reaching more than 40,000 students in 100 communities. Give a Note has reached 35 states and counting.

To learn more about Give a Note Foundation, visit http://www.giveanote.org.

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 Help give the gift of music! Text “MusicEd GAN” to 20222 to donate $10! Message & Data Rates May Apply. Details: http://www.giveanote.org/contribute/

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