As Karen Fairchild of five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town put it at the kickoff of the Tour this past January, “Music education is a right of every student. It helps them develop creativity and self-expression. It builds skills like collaboration and critical thinking that help them succeed in life. For me, my music teacher in high school pushed me out on stage for the very first time to sing a solo, and it changed my life. So I’m very grateful for music education and the power that it had on my career.” Fairchild also serves on the CMA Foundation Board of Directors.
This spring, Give a Note will present $15,000 in grants to six schools, which the CMA Foundation will match. Each school that was selected during the voting period last fall 2016 will also enjoy a celebration concert with a Radio Disney or Radio Disney Country artist and on-air personality.
Following are the dates and schools for the 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour, including the schools of two Tri-M® Music Honor Society chapters and the colleges/universities of two collegiate NAfME chapters that raised the most donations for Give a Note during the fall’s #MusicEdMatters Chapter Challenge October 1-December 31:
March 3: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO (Collegiate winner)
March 10: Collinsville High School, Maryville, IL (Tri-M winner)
March 15: Salina South Middle School, Salina, KS
March 17: Joliet Central High School, Joliet, IL
March 24: Ramona High School, Riverside, CA
March 29: Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee, WA
April 5: James Otis Elementary, Boston, MA
April 6: Marblehead High School, Marblehead, MA (Tri-M winner)
April 7: Rhode Island College, Providence, RI (Collegiate winner)
April 21: Tar River Elementary, Franklinton, NC
“This is such an exciting time to celebrate music education in schools across the country,” said Jane Mell Balek, Give a Note CEO. “Each year, we see the positive role that music plays in the lives of all students, and to shine a spotlight on these students and their teachers means so much. Give a Note is grateful to the artists who join in supporting music education each year, and we cannot wait to celebrate with all these amazing students and teachers during this year’s Music In Our Schools Tour.”
Give a Note is grateful to the artists who join in supporting music education each year, and we cannot wait to celebrate with all these amazing students and teachers during this year’s Music In Our Schools Tour.
“It has been so exciting to see the growth and reach of the Music In Our Schools Tour,” said Phil Guerini, Vice President, Music Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and General Manager, Radio Disney Network. “We're thrilled to help celebrate these talented students and their dedicated music educators, and we value our role in helping Give a Note offer even more music education opportunities in schools across the country.”
To learn more about Give a Note Foundation and the Music In Our Schools Tour, visit www.giveanote.org and follow the hashtag #MusicInspires. Be sure to follow the Tour on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Photo Caption: Students from Wadsworth High School, Ohio choir group, pose with five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town and Mickey Mouse as they kick off Music In Our School Tour at Disney. (L-R) Jane Mell Balek, Give a Note CEO, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Terry Dola, Disney Performing Arts vice president, Kalyn Davis school choir director, Philip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO, and Radio Disney Country correspondent Savannah Keyes (far right).
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