2016 Music in Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour Kickoff Celebration at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Walt Disney World Resort

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This Saturday, the kickoff celebration for the third annual Music in Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour with the Give a Note Foundation (GNF) and Radio Disney, will take place at Walt Disney World. Six schools around the nation were selected to receive grants for their music programs and celebration concerts with Radio Disney Artists and on-air personalities, along with 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.

Each of these six schools provides a snapshot of the great music programs operating all over the United States. This is an important story to tell about a future that is there for us to have if we provide for it.

Give a Note Foundation and Radio Disney Celebrate School Music Programs across the United States

On Saturday, March 19, Radio Disney and Give a Note Foundation will kick off the third annual Music in Our Schools Tour with performances by Radio Disney artist Carson Lueders and Radio Disney band Before You Exit. The six winning schools of Give a Note Foundation’s Music in Our Schools Tour will be introduced to more than 3,500 high school students who are attending Festival Disney - part of Disney Performing Arts, a national competitive music festival where top middle and high school instrumental and vocal ensembles compete with other groups from across the country. Give a Note Foundation and Radio Disney are finishing out the second half of Music in Our Schools Month® with a bang!

“Each of these six schools provides a snapshot of the great music programs operating all over the United States. This is an important story to tell about a future that is there for us to have if we provide for it,” said Give a Note board chair and president Beth Slusher. “These schools represent what happens when we allow students to work together in collaboration and learn empathy. We create the next generation of leaders prepared to bring about a better world for all of us. It is our hope that everyone will join us on this tour and celebrate what's going on in these six schools, and afterward, look for ways they can support their own local music programs.”

“This is why Give a Note exists,” Slusher continued. “And we are grateful to Radio Disney for partnering with us in this worthy endeavor to shine a bright light on what's going right in our schools today and what we need more of in schools across the nation.”

This year twelve schools competed for spots on the 2016 Music in Our Schools Tour. One school gave up the grant it was awarded – to another local school with greater need, in addition to inviting the runner-up school to the celebration concert. Another school has an exemplary music educator who gives of herself both to the profession of music education, sharing her best practices with colleagues nationwide, and in turn to her students, bringing that shared expertise back to the classroom each day. Moreover, all of these schools represent what is going right in education all around the nation – and needs to be supported, and replicated.

Run of Show, Saturday, March 19:
5:00 p.m. - photo shoot with Mickey Mouse
7:00 p.m. - Start of Festival Disney Awards Ceremony - Part 1
8:00 p.m. - Music in Our Schools Tour Introduction and Performances

To obtain press credentials for this event, media must contact Give a Note COO Jane Balek, Janeb(at)giveanote(dot)org or 571-323-5894. Interview opportunities will be available for the artists, Radio Disney, Disney Performing Arts, and Give a Note Foundation.

The six winning schools will host the 2016 Music in Our Schools Tour (dates subject to change):

  •     March 17, 7PM: Shady Hill Elementary School, Ocala, FL (Marion County); Music Teacher: Sondra A. W. Collins
  •     March 25: Spanish Fork Junior High School, Spanish Fork, UT (Utah County); Music Teacher: Angela Harman
  •     April 1: Stapleton Public Schools, Stapleton, NE (Logan County); Music Teacher: Daniel Gibbs
  •     April 8: Southwest Elementary School, Dexter, MO (Stoddard County); Music Teacher: James Eldreth
  •     April 15: George A. Jackson Elementary School, Jericho, NY (Nassau County); Music Teacher: Andrea Gonnella
  •     April 19: Maplewood Elementary School, Puyallup, WA (Pierce County); Music Teacher: Maggie Smith

To learn more about Give a Note Foundation, visit http://www.giveanote.org. Follow the 2016 Music in Our Schools Tour on Instagram and Twitter by following the hashtags #MIOStour, #MIOS2016, and #MusicInspires. See bit.ly/2016MIOStour for details.

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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 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/
Media Contact:
Jane Mell Balek
Give a Note Foundation
(703) 860-4000 ext. 228
Janeb(at)giveanote(dot)org

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