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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Every Child Has Opportunities in Music

In tight budget times extra curricula activities like music and physical education get squeezed.  This may lead to some students unable to play a musical instrument because of cost.  I was recently happy to hear of a group of parents in Howard County that have organized to promote music for youth in Howard County schools.  The group is called ECHO, Every Child Has Opportunities in Music.  A description from their website:
Do you have a formerly loved musical instrument that needs a new home?   
       If so, the ECHO Project is just the place to donate your used instrument.  The instruments should be in good playable condition.  If MINOR repairs are needed, they must be addressed prior to donation.
       All instruments will be used to help out students who could not otherwise afford an instrument of their own.  Music is a gift from the heart, so open your heart today and donate your unused instrument to the ECHO Project.  By donating an instrument, you give it a second life, something like a musical echo…
      Our first donation drive was at Mt Hebron High School during the Solo and Ensemble Festival.  Many thanks to Music and Arts Centers for helping out with evaluations and tax receipts.
        If you have questions please contact Joan Orcutt, Chair, Howard County Parents for School Music (HCPSM) at 301-854-2447.

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