In partnership with The Boys and Girls Clubs and the Children’s Board, students attend a 5 week summer program that includes Instruments of Change® Summer Band curriculum.
The goal for Instruments of Change® is to get
rising middle school students involved in band.
During the 5 week program, students are taught the basics of playing an instrument. Throughout the program they are tested on their ability to perform the assigned exercises and play the assigned songs.
This is a “crash course” in musical performance culminating in a concert event to perform for their peers, school officials, board and staff of the Boys and Girls Club and the Children’s Board.
Children who learn to play a musical instrument:
The band programs are designed to give these children a place to connect in school. Many of the elementary school children we have reached over the years are now in high school and on their way to a much brighter future. Music allows them to be involved with programs and projects that keep them connected and give them a reason to want to attend school.
Our programs are focused on rewarding hard work. Students who fulfill the standards of the Summer Band Program, and enroll in band, will be provided their instrument for the school year. Instruments of Change will either provide the instrument, or cover the cost of rental for the first school year.
If the student completes that school year in band and meets the performance and grade requirements, they earn a new instrument! They receive the instrument when their band director provides a letter of recommendation for the student and the student enrolls in band for the next school year.
Instruments of Change® provides rental instruments to the students while they are enrolled in the 5th grade band program. We also provide the instructional book and a band director for the class.
The students agree to stay with the program for the entire school year. During that time, they must keep up with the program, regularly perform selections from the book to show proficiency, and attend performance opportunities to pass the program.
At the conclusion of the 5th grade program, the student has completed the academic qualification to earn an instrument. In order to receive the instrument, they must enroll in middle school band and be verified by their band director. Only then do they receive their instrument.
Through this process they are taught the concepts of:
School budgets are being cut on a regular basis and music education is one of the first programs on the chopping block.
With grades falling and drop-out rates increasing, music education is more important than ever. Over several decades, studies have shown that students who learn to play a musical instrument have higher graduation rates, better grades, higher self-esteem and a host of other positive benefits. Our goal for the Elementary School programs is to help these students prepare for middle and high school; and to increase their potential for success.
The Elementary School Band programs are designed to bring music performance and instruction to under served/under funded schools. We have ongoing performance-band programs made possible by the generosity of local individuals, companies and churches.
Last year, the number of students nearly doubled and as we look forward to this year we expect even more students in the program. The band program provides instruments and instruction to 5th grade classes at Title 1 schools. It includes musical instruments, instructional materials, a band director and performance opportunities throughout the year. The program culminates in a spring concert.
Your investment in these students is not wasted on simple give-away programs. These children learn the concepts of hard work, goal setting, teamwork, accountability, responsibility and many more essential life-skill.