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Grant ideas

Our middle school music staff recently met with a family who is offering to provide funding for music education.  They mostly wanted to hear about our music program and what our needs might be.  It seemed that they are looking to fund innovative ideas to improve music education.  I'm wondering if anyone out there has any ideas.  Possibly involving collaboration with professional musicians, conductors, composers, etc.
on March 10, 2013 4:54pm
Have them pay for a commission for a new piece for one of your groups.
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on March 11, 2013 8:40am
The School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati has a program in which musicians from the symphony work with students at the school. Here are two links on their site for more information: http://www.scpak12.org/arts/private_music_lessonshttp://www.scpak12.org/arts/departments_and_programs/instrumental_music_-_orchestra. It may or may not be what you're looking for, but I hope this helps.
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on March 11, 2013 9:43am
 
I would capitolize on the interest in Idol/X-Factor/Brittain's-America's Got Talent and invite two experts - one that is a winner or judge of a significant contest, and another that is a classic performer, and/or on the voice/choral faculty of a nearby college/university.  Get these folks there on the same day - introduce/tell background, have  them each perform one song, and discuss the matters  - technique, expression, career development, hardships, advantages, etc.  - that are the same, and those that are different.  Include plenty of time for Q & A from the students.  Maybe invite other classes, as there will likely be high interest in this.
 
Try Young Artists.  There are some H. S. programs which might be adapted for M. S.
 
I like  Susan's idea - you might take it one step further, and ask the composer to meet with them for a few specified days, guiding the  students in how some of their text and music ideas could be incorporated.  This worked really well in my daughter's M. S.; composer Curtis Bryant met with them as he wrote the piece, used texts they had written (as well as music ideas, I believe).  At the Spring Concert they performed and recorded (jointly composed) Requiem for Sept 11 - for M. S. Choir, Band and Orchestra.
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