Four elementary schools benefit from Save the Music, CCS alliance

Some elementary-age students in Columbus City schools achieve high marks after receiving a gift of musical instruments.

Thanks to a new relationship between Save the Music Foundation and CCS, four elementary schools received a total of $160,000 in equipment and resources to ignite the musical passions of fourth and fifth graders.

The New York-based foundation has awarded Core Strings grants to Columbus Africentric Early College Pre-K-12, Columbus Gifted Academy, and Duxberry Alternative Elementary School, resulting in cellos, violins and violas, as well as materials and professional development for teachers.

Indian Springs Elementary School in Clintonville received an Introductory Music Scholarship, which meant the school received a general music set, including a set of xylophones, glockenspiel, piano, acoustic guitar, world percussion, ukuleles and recorders.

“This is a truly wonderful launch of a long-term partnership between the Save the Music organization and Columbus City schools to ensure that every elementary student has equity and access to playing an instrument. high quality,” said Jaclyn Rudderow, Principal of the school. programs with the organization.

“By investing at the foundational level, we’re building from the ground up, and we’re excited to see where these students will go with this opportunity,” Rudderow said.

The announcement coincided with the announcement of the Saturday Strings Festival, held Nov. 5 at East High School, 1500 E. Broad St.

In the past, the event was restricted to string students in grades six through eight. With the implementation of the Save the Music grant, however, the concert invited fifth-grade string instrument students, said Bette Hill, supervisor of the Unified Arts Department for K-12 grades at CCS.

In the same vein, Save the Music Foundation celebrates its 25e birthday this year. Since its inception, the foundation has donated nearly $70 million in instruments and technology to more than 2,500 schools.

Fifth graders representing multiple Columbus City Schools elementary schools recently participated in the Saturday Strings Festival on Nov. 5 at East High School.

Rudderow said the foundation has made a roughly 10-year commitment to CCS that will involve follow-up visits and periodic progress checks.

“We want to be in the 75 basic sites,” Rudderow said.

Hill said she started writing the scholarship last year because, during the pandemic, students had a close connection with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Columbus, Jazz Arts Group and Columbus Symphony, among other arts organizations.

“We couldn’t keep up with the demand, it was so awesome,” Hill said. “Not only that, I’ve said for a long time that our students don’t see themselves in these orchestral programs.”

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