1st musical instruments for kids in Edmonds public schools

Sep 05, 2013
Young people who otherwise might not be able to play an instrument will now have that chance thanks to Edmonds Music4Life.

Edmonds Schools Superintendent Nick Brossoit last week accepted the first musical instrument(s) intended for the children of low-income families from the new Edmonds Music4Life™ program.

Joining the superintendent at the turn-over event were Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, school board member Kory DeMun and Edmonds music educator Scott Barnes.

Presenting the instruments was David Endicott of Edmonds Music4Life.

“We’re enormously gratified to receive these musical instruments,” Superintendent Brossoit said.  “We expect that they’ll just be the first of hundreds of musical instruments that our kids, starting with fifth graders, will be enabled to use.”

Edmonds Music4Life is a community service activity that is Rotary-inspired.   But you don’t have to be a member of a Rotary club to support the program, Endicott said.

“We’re very glad to have the support of anyone who understands the immense value of instrumental music in a child’s life and education,” he said.

Endicott said musical instruments are acquired for Edmonds’ students in two ways.

“Many adults no longer play musical instruments that are gathering dust in their attics and garages,” he said.  “We gratefully accept those ‘lovingly used’ instruments, repair them as needed and then donate them absolutely free-of-charge or lend them on a long-term basis to Edmonds schools.”

After filling out the donor form, used musical instruments can be dropped-off at any Kennelly Keys Music store, Edmonds School District headquarters at 20420 68th Ave. W in Lynnwood, the administrative office of the Edmonds Center for the Arts or at either the Edmonds or Lynnwood offices of Coldwell Banker Bain.

The donor form, important for tracking the instruments, can be downloaded from www.EdmondsMusic4Life.org.

Mayor Earling, who was in charge of the instrumental music program at Shoreline Community College for many years, has said, “I have personally seen the benefit music brings to the lives of young people.  From that experience, music reshapes many young lives and sets new directions.  Please join me in supporting this wonderful new local initiative.”

“If resources allow, we can also buy new musical instruments that the Edmonds band and orchestra directors tell us they need for eligible young musicians,” Endicott said.

Donations help take care of musical supplies and repairs.  Monetary donations can be made via PayPal accounts or by visiting the www.EdmondsMusic4Life.org Website.

Edmonds Music4Life begins by providing musical instruments to fifth graders who qualify for the free-and-reduced-lunch program.

“In special circumstances, we can provide instruments to older children, as well,” Endicott said.  “Our goal is to enable as many young people to take advantage of these instrumental music opportunities as possible.”

Currently, 40 percent of the families of students in Edmonds public schools who participate in instrumental music programs are income-eligible. The Edmonds Music4Life™ initiative intends to begin by helping as many of those as possible.

Rotary has a history of supporting music education in area public schools. The Edmonds Music4Life program is the fourth in the area.

Other Music4Life programs support the Seattle, Highline and Shoreline school systems. Music4Life enjoys the support of notable music advocates and other community leaders.

Music4Life™ is supported in part by Kennelly Keys Music; First Choice Health; the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer; 4Culture (the former Seattle-King County Arts Commission); the Edmonds Center for the Arts; Coldwell Banker Bain; public school districts and various Rotary clubs in the greater Puget Sound area.

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