March is Music in Our Schools Month – a celebration of school music and its impact on students’ lives that dates back to 1973. The movement engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country to promote the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.
The benefits of music in schools are well documented. Music has been proven to: engage students, improve cognitive development, improve math and reading skills, increase graduation rates and more. Read more about music’s impact on the brain.
At Schoola, preserving music in schools despite budget cuts is core to our mission and that’s why we’re celebrating Music in our Schools Month. There is so much evidence that #MusicMatters, but none that is more powerful than seeing firsthand, the kids that are affected by it. Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate several of our partner schools’ success in supporting their music programs by giving clothing new life.
KIPP Academy Middle School Raises $90K for Music
We salute our long-term partners KIPP Academy Middle School in Bronx, NY, where every 5th-8th grader plays an instrument in the schoolwide rhythm and string orchestra. KIPP has been able to raise over $92,000 with Schoola to refurbish and replace instruments. Davon, a 7th grader at KIPP, said that playing in the orchestra is his way of “showing people that kids from the Bronx aren’t just kids that they have stereotypes about, but students that can actually work hard…”
Laurel Elementary Raises Funds for Choir
Music helps foster self esteem and boost confidence, something Laurel Elementary has discovered with their English as a second language (ESL) learners. Laurel Elementary is $3,000 away from reaching their $10,000 goal to provide choir uniforms and fund the first musical that Laurel has hosted on its own school grounds. You can help them reach their goal by requesting a donation bag.
“Our school has a very high ESL population, and many students are struggling academically due to the language barrier. Music has helped our students achieve better grades in their core subjects and has acted as a universal language to bridge cultural gaps, boost confidence and gives students a positive outlet to express themselves,” says Laurel’s choir director, Shannon Day.
Clinton School for Writers and Artists Raises $8K With Pam & Gela Collection
Music engages both the left and right brain, which in turn helps students in their other studies. Something The Clinton School for Writers and Artists in New York understands. They are currently building out their music program and have tapped their community, including garnering donations from clothing brand Pam & Gela who has donated thousands of new-with-tags clothing on their behalf, raising over $8,000 to date.
Take Action & Celebrate Music in our Schools Month!
If you agree that music is worth saving, you can help by:
- Shopping to support one of these Schools:
- Donating to support your own school.
- Request a donation bag: let’s clean out our closets and help #SaveMusic in schools, not only this month but year round.
- Sharing the above stat: click and share on Facebook or click and retweet on Twitter to help spread the word.