Music4Life and Seattle Music Partners are joining forces to provide enhanced educational opportunities to students who want to participate in instrumental music activities. To kick-off their collaboration, Music4Life today presented a King trombone to Seattle Music Partners (SMP) trombone students at Madrona K-8 School in Seattle.
“This is such a natural alliance,” says David Endicott, Co-Founder and President/COO of Music4Life. “The goal of Music4Life is to provide musical instruments for use by as many elementary-age students as possible. Seattle Music Partners provides free after- school instrumental music instruction for children in low-income elementary schools in Seattle. This is a great place for us to start this relationship.”
“SMP’s mission is to help children in low-income schools learn to play an instrument, read music and become part of a vibrant music-making community. Part of our commitment includes providing an instrument for students free of charge for the school year,” says Scott Gelband, Executive Director of Seattle Music Partners. “This new alliance with Music4Life helps ensure that every student in our program will have a ready-to-play instrument available.”
Music4Life ( www.Music4Life.org ) provides musical instruments to participating schools for students in need. The Seattle-based non-profit acquires used instruments from adults who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play. Besides Seattle Public Schools, Music4Life also operates programs supporting Edmonds, Everett, Highline, Mukilteo and Shoreline Public Schools. Music4Life also accepts donations to help pay for instrument repairs.
Seattle Music Partners ( www.SeattleMusicPartners.org ), also a non-profit, is dedicated to bringing more music-learning opportunities to students in low-income schools. The organization does this by offering free after-school and evening programs that use music and mentorship to empower young people. This unique program matches skilled volunteers from the community, one-on-one, with students who wish to learn how to play an instrument and become part of a music-making community. Students participating in SMP also attend weekly group lessons, led by trained teaching artists, to gain ensemble experience. The after-school program works with more than 100 4th and 5th graders, twice weekly, from Leschi, Lowell, Baily Gatzert Elementary Schools, as well as Madrona K-8. SMP’s middle school project is available to ‘graduates’ of the elementary program and meets weekly at the Garfield Community Center. Instruments, music books, music stands and even transportation are provided free of charge.
Seattle Music Partners will provide Music4Life with a wish-list of desired musical instruments, such as the trombone presented today. When Music4Life acquires any of the instruments from donors, the instruments will be made available to SMP’s students. Other future activities are anticipated, as well, such as joint fund raising events.
The two non-profits enjoy the support of notable music advocates and other community leaders. Gerard Schwarz, world-renowned conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, has endorsed them, saying, “These wonderful programs begin with children in elementary school at a time when, if they’re interested and talented in any way, they have the greatest chance of success. Many people tell me of the impact that direct knowledge of instrumental music has had on their lives. We intend to give this advantage to all our children.”
Music4LifeTM provides musical instruments to participating schools for students in need. For more information, contact co-founder David Endicott at info@Music4Life.org , call (206) 409-3275 or go to their Website at www.Music4Life.org .