Music program receives instruments |

Music program receives instruments

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The second-annual Colorado Public Radio Instrument Drive has struck a definitive chord with the Vail Valley Foundation’s First Notes program at Avon Elementary School, as the music-education program is now 30 instruments richer following a recent distribution ceremony.

Vail Valley Foundation and First Notes representatives were on hand Aug. 20 at Gates Hall in the Newman Center on the University of Denver campus to pick up the instruments, which included cellos, violins, trumpets, trombones, clarinets, flutes and oboes.

More than 30 schools throughout the state received refurbished instruments, courtesy of the Colorado Institute of Music Instrument Technology, headquartered in Castle Rock. About 1,000 instruments were distributed in the collaborative effort between Colorado Public Radio and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation in California.

“This is a wonderful program that enables us to broaden the scope and scale of our First Notes program,” said Jean McSpadden, director of education for the Vail Valley Foundation. “Through this generous donation, we are now able to serve the second-, third- and fourth-graders at Avon Elementary.”

Introduced by the Vail Valley Foundation in the fall of 2009, First Notes is a unique arts-education program that puts musical instruments into the hands of Avon Elementary students. Based on El Sistema, the Venezuelan youth orchestra system, this nontraditional method of teaching children to play music is introducing students to the world of live performance and the concept of achieving success through hard work, dedication, determination and passion.

If you have an instrument you would like to donate to First Notes or if you would like to volunteer to assist with the program, call the Vail Valley Foundation at 970-777-2015. First Notes is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.

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