We support high quality music education, performances and instruments for students on the Central Oregon Coast.
Our dedicated team includes music teachers Collin Stegner, Karin Teisl, Gwen Lahti, Tim Chase; principals Nick Lupo, Becca Bostwick, Sandy Mummey, Amy Skirvin; LCSD Director, Majalise Tolan, Lincoln City Cultural Center ED Niki Price, Chuck Feist, Director of Endowment, Christine Tell, Director of Operations and our Director of the Music is Instrumental Board, Mark Sanders.
In 2014, the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) awarded a Studio to School Project Grant to Lincoln City Schools to return music to schools. We created a sequential music program in grades K - 12 ~ building from one teacher with 140 students in 2014, to three teachers with 1,250 students in 2018. Music is Instrumental was founded in 2018 to sustain and expand this effort to other schools on the Central Oregon Coast, The 115 students in Waldport MS/HS were added with additional OCF funding in 2019.
Individually each student makes so much progress in the first part of the year, it is a thrill to see how proud they are of themselves each time they actually play a piece together as a band. ~ Karin Teisel, 6th grade band, music education 3-5, Taft Elementary
Music is a vital part of each student’s daily life. Our students sing, play instruments, move to music, listen to music, learn to read music, and develop social and collaboration skills as they prepare for performances. Our classroom is a joyful place! ~ Gwen Lahti
Pre-COVID 19, in 2019, for a second year, the Taft 7-12 High School choir qualified for OSAA state championship at the Invitational Choir Festival at Linfield College in McMinnville. The Taft Symphonic Band qualified for OSAA state championships by winning the 3A division at the Oregon State University Invitational Band Festival. Taft 7-12 hosted a State qualifying Jazz Festival on April 9, 2020. Our Jazz Band placed second in state.
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