In all 55 countries, West Virginia middle schools are receiving grant funding from VH1 Save the Music Foundation for music education to kids. The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History has joined hands with this foundation to provide musical instruments, event management services and other materials for music education.
Rob Masten, Tucker County Music Director said “Band provides students to be involved with a group; they have goals to meet. Of course, they are playing music, being creative. I think it is very important to keep those programs alive and strong.”
The representatives of the VH1 foundation visited Tucker and Randolph County to celebrate the commitment and spread the message of incorporating art and music in school curriculum.
Chiho Feindler of VH1 Save the Music Foundation stated that “The love of music, the commitment, and the importance of students are the same.”
“The school districts have to commit to provide a fulltime certified music teacher teaching during the school day in a dedicated classroom,” he added.
Be it schools in India or abroad (like West Virginia), budget cuts are a huge problem that make it difficult for schools to provide for extra-curricular activities.
New instruments can cost a fortune but collaborations like this can help the organisations provide instruments to those students who cannot afford to buy one but can turn out to be a maestro.