Our music library loans instruments to students at Taft and Taft Elementary. In 2019, we will add 52 new instruments including 6 flutes, 10 clarinets and 8 trumpets; 4 trombones; 10 alto saxophones, 8 tenor saxophones and 6 Yamaha drum kits.
Each student signs a commitment to care for the instrument checked out from the music library. Every year, the program extends the life of selected used instruments by cleaning and repairing broken parts. Instruments beyond repair are converted to "garden art."
Students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 recently added rain forest drums with mallets and rhythm sticks to the variety of instruments they now learn which include xylophones, recorders and ukuleles. Students learn basic rhythm, tempo and note count. Cost covers a classroom set.
Our music teachers recruit local experts and visiting musicians to work with students in sectionals to develop technique in voice, brass, percussion, flutes and woodwinds. Young musicians flourish with the individual attention. Costs cover stipends for 5 musicians for 10 months.
The future of music in our schools depends on the quality of teachers who will work with our students from kindergarten through senior year. The MII Scholarship will go to a graduating senior who has been accepted into a music program and intends to teach music in the future.
In 2019, 1,200 students in Lincoln City Schools will learn music, play an instrument and perform in concerts for families and community members. This includes 400 students in K-2 at Oceanlake, 403 students in grades 3-5 at Taft Elementary, 158 students in 6th grade and 164 students in choir and bands at Taft 7 -12. Our volunteer directors work with teachers and principals to guide programs.
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