Donation to be presented by industry organization, baseball legend to expand music education in Anaheim schools
On Tuesday, Jan. 23, The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, member companies, New York Yankees World Series champion, Grammy® nominated artist and NAMM Foundation board member Bernie Williams brought the sound of music to Orange Grove Elementary School in Anaheim as part of the organization’s Day of Service. Held in correlation with the annual NAMM Show, the global music products tradeshow, the service event celebrates the Anaheim Elementary School District’s (AESD) commitment to its music education program and efforts to reinstate music curriculum for all students.
“The day of service is the heart of what The NAMM Foundation is all about: creating access and opportunity to discover a life-long love of music, and we work every day to assure that every child has this opportunity,” shared Mary Luehrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM Foundation. “Through the generous support of our member companies from around the world, our NAMM Foundation board members, and the Anaheim Elementary School District, we’re honored to help the district advance its music education offerings. The Anaheim Elementary School District serves as an example to other districts for its dedication to music learning through its strong commitment, planning and implementation to assure a well-rounded education for all students.”
In addition to the presentation of a financial donation, volunteers attending the day of service will unpack and tune guitars, ukuleles and drums and interact and assist children during facilitator-led sessions.
The donation holds special significance as the Anaheim Elementary School District has reinitiated its music education curriculum program for its 17,700 students. In 2017, the district grew its music staff to a total of 18 certificated music educators. The increase in staff has allowed the number of students receiving weekly music instruction to grow from approximately 7,000 students to 11,000 students. The vision is for all AESD students to have access to both general and instrumental music education during their TK-6 elementary experience. To further this, The NAMM Foundation is currently supporting a research study being conducted by Metis Associates, a national education research and evaluation firm, that is documenting the district’s efforts and progress in reinstating music education curriculum and the impact on student, teachers, school climate and community.