MUSIC NEEDS, INDEED
Once again, demand outsized supply in the Baker Prairie Middle School music class. The school is looking for donations of instruments and funds to meet the growing need.
If a horn doesnt exist, how can an eager music student blow it.
They cant, and that is a sad problem for students and teachers who want to fill school halls with music.
The band program at Baker Prairie Middle School continues to thrive with about 220 students enrolled in seventh and eighth grade band this year. However, the recent years of a struggling economy have resulted in more requests than usual from students to use school instruments rather than renting or buying their own.
In short, kids need horns to blow and more.
Families are still struggling with finances and finding the money to rent or buy an instrument is often not an option, leaving them relying upon the school to provide their child an instrument, said Keijz Lee, band and choir teacher at Baker Prairie Middle School. We don't have nearly enough school instruments available to meet the current demand and we are worried that we may end up turning students away from our program.
We believe that band is a vital experience for students in that it not only helps with cognitive brain development, but also fosters students success by teaching responsibility, work ethic and positive relationships with peers, Lee added. We want all interested students to participate, regardless of family finances. However, we simply do not have enough school instruments to make that happen.
Last year, every instrument that was playable or able to be repaired was used by students. When all he instruments have been handed out this year, Baker Prairie will still be short 15 to 20 instruments.
That may not seem like many, but with our limited school budget, we are unable to purchase the instruments that are still needed, Lee said.
The hope is that the community can close that instrument gap. Lee said that many families have instruments sitting in their garage or attic that are no longer being used, and that she hopes some may be willing to donate those instruments to Baker Prairie Middle School.
We need any help we can get and will also welcome monetary donations to be used for purchase or repair of instruments, Lee said.
Donations can be sent or brought to Baker Prairie Middle School, 1859 SE Township Road, 97013.