Jefferson Middle School music students have new guitars and ukuleles thanks to a The Guitar Center Music Foundation grant. The Foundation donated ten ukuleles, eight classical guitars, 12 packs of f classical guitar strings, 18 Fender chromatic tuners, stands for ukuleles, eight classical guitar gig bags and ten ukuleles gig bags.
“We appreciate the generous donation of musical instruments from The Guitar Center Music Foundation,” said JPS Humanities Coordinator, Jamie Berg. “Jefferson students will benefit from the donation by learning more about the different instruments they can play. The guitar and ukulele are instruments they can play professionally or just as a great hobby. Our music teacher will be using these instruments to teach the elements of music and encourage a love of music in all middle school grade levels.”
The Guitar Center Music Foundation (GCMF) believes that music participation is an essential element in the fabric of an enduring society. The organization aims to keep music education alive and available in our nation’s schools and communities. Founded in 2005, this public charity has reached over 300,000 people through its grants of instruments to music education programs. These grant recipients, which give more people the opportunity to make music, include school music classrooms and community-based organizations.
GCMF is committed to supporting music education in schools and music learning for everyone. They believe that music makes an important difference – it improves SAT scores, reading and math skills, social skills and self-discipline. Music enhances higher brain function, develops quick and decisive thinking and builds teamwork – valuable skills that stay with students throughout life.