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Bailey Intermediate, Everett Elementary and Parker Elementary schools were recently awarded grant funding by Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) to purchase educational materials that will help support the delivery of high quality music education to over 865 students in the North Lamar Independent School District.
“We used the grant to buy choir chime bells to be used for performances as well as music reading skills in the classroom,” said Jenene Cannon, Bailey music teacher.
Everett and Parker music teacher Jan McKinney said, “Everett and Parker’s recent musical programs, “Songs of the Duckmen” and a Veterans Day program, were both enhanced with bells, music software, CDs, and instructional materials provided by the TMEA grant.”
All three campuses will be using the instructional materials purchased by the TMEA grant at their upcoming Christmas programs this Friday morning. Everett’s will be at 8:30 a.m., Bailey’s at 9:30 a.m., and Parker’s at 10:00 a.m. All are invited to come and enjoy.
TMEA recently awarded nearly $500,000 in grant funding to elementary music programs across the state. Over 600 elementary music programs will be purchasing new music instruments, music, technology, and other educational supplies to help them deliver high quality music education to students in grades K-5.
“It’s incredible to have the opportunity to support these most valuable educators who offer all elementary music students the foundation for excellence in music education, a sense of belonging, and a positive and safe environment to express themselves,” said TMEA President Joe Weir.
TMEA completed the entire grant application process in two months so that teachers could use the funds to purchase instruments and other educational supplies before year’s end. This quick distribution means that more than 350,000 students will soon be learning new music, playing new instruments, increasing their proficiency with the use of music technology in the classroom, and much more.
TMEA Executive Director Robert Floyd explained that the association’s Executive Board allocated $500,000 in grant funding because they want to support students who are beginning their lifelong love of and participation in music. Floyd emphasized that music teachers who have little to no budget often use their own funds to purchase supplies because they recognize how important music education is in the lives of their students.
“This funding of elementary music programs comes at a time when research is boldly underscoring the value of high quality arts education in schools. Multiple studies have shown us that music education prepares students to learn, facilitates academic achievement, and helps them develop creative capacities for lifelong success,” said Floyd.
Texas Music Educators Association is a professional association for music educators from kindergarten through college. With over 15,000 members, TMEA offers professional development opportunities to educators, sustains public support for music in schools, and encourages quality musical experiences for all students.