Instruments of Change Charity
It’s nice to see non-profit organizations that support music education. As stated on their website“To profoundly impact the lives of disadvantaged children through the gifts of musical instrument donation, instruction and performance.” What a great mission statement, and much needed now that music education is not getting the attention it deserves in public education. They go on to indicate that kids who take up studying music are less likely to get into drug or alcohol abuse and are more likely to graduate and go on to college. Instruments of Change also is looking for volunteers to teach music, as well as used guitars, trumpets and other band instruments in good condition. Since it is a charity, it operates on voluntary contributions from the public who are like minded and support music education and what it stands for in the community. The website also indicates that it is not an entitlement program, and requires students to commit themselves to studying, demonstrating proficiency in their musical instrument of choice and live performance opportunities during the 5th grade school year. Basic life skills are learned as a side effect of this program like accepting responsibility, being accountable to their fellow students and team effort with groups of other aspiring musicians. Learning what a work ethic is with goal setting and a personal sense of accomplishment. Studying music will also teach discipline, a trait that never is inherited but learned with good parenting and guidance from influential people around children. Once children become proficient in playing an instrument such as piano or trumpet and reading music, those skills are easily transferred into being in a band. Then the fun of being able to collaborate and play music in a group, they can also participate in contests held at events such as NAMM and various music stores like Guitar Center. Music is a lifelong addiction for many of us, and we like to transfer the knowledge and passion for the arts through music education and awareness. It’s fantastic to see charitable foundations that promote music education for young people and we are happy to write about them, when we become aware of them.