EVERY student should have equitable access to quality music programs taught by a qualified music educator. Yet many school music programs have little to NO budget to provide their students with even the most basic tools for music instruction.
Help us reach our goal of raising $25,000 to celebrate and support music education through Music Teacher Notes - a new Give A Note program. Music Teacher Notes will provide year-round funding opportunities of $500 - $5,000 for K-12 school music programs nationwide.
HERE IS JUST ONE OF OUR STUDENT STORIES:
Meet Haydee Vazquez, a student at Ramona High School in Riverside, CA. Throughout Haydee’s upbringing, mariachi music was deeply woven into her family culture, yet she was never interested in it. But she’d always loved singing and band, so a friend encouraged her to join the mariachi group at her school—and it completely changed the way she felt about it.
“The environment was familiar, but the experience was completely different,” Haydee says. “The mariachi group taught me to appreciate music through a different perspective, learn from my experiences as an individual and as part of the ensemble, and provide a safe haven from the outside world. Now I enjoy playing music with the wonderful people I’ve met and developed great friendships.”
Stories like Haydee’s are the heart and soul of Give A Note. When a student unlocks a passion for the music of her culture—finding joy and camaraderie in the experience—it strengthens our fierce belief that
Give A Note was founded in 2011 in cooperation with the National Association for Music Education to help reignite public passion for school music programs and soften the blow of drastic budget cuts to the arts nationwide.