Over 120 languages are spoken in Metro Nashville Public Schools. But in our multicultural community of South Nashville, we have found that music is the universal language! In lower income areas, music and the arts are the first programs to be cut. But living in Music City, we knew we had to fill that gap.
So our Grace Notes music program was born to provide piano, guitar, ukulele, and drum lessons, as well as a community kids choir for K-8th graders in an area that is multicultural and economically disadvantaged. The Erabellas, a Nashville-based vocal trio, is donating their time to teach our kids and help them achieve their potential through lessons and a week-long summer music camp. And our friend, Lisa Giarratana, who loves music and wants to share that love with our community, has lovingly bought and donated a piano for us. We are also grateful for the donation of 15 new ukuleles from Jake Shimabukuro. Our friends are the best!
Studies show that music education for children increases their language skills, improves test scores, relieves stress, promotes creativity, fosters confidence, teaches discipline, and provides higher graduation rates. A recent university study noted that music lessons can help at-risk and low-income youth maintain their ability to read at grade level.
So we have connected the passion and talents of The Erabellas, and a generous donation of a piano, with the need for an awesome music program to create Grace Notes for the muliticultural community of South Nashville.
We need your help! Please join us by donating and helping us reach our goal! Once we reach it, we will be eligible for additional money from "A Community Thrives" grant program. This will enable us to buy musical instruments, pay for additional teachers, music stands, supplies, and purchase a portable sound system.
Thank you for your generosity as we work to serve these children and to bring music to their lives!
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