Music4Life Supports Education
The creative concept for Music4Life was born in the fall of 2007 and is an ongoing program.
The goal is clear: put musical instruments in good playing condition into the hands of children and youth. Procure the instruction, supplies, and support (like instrument maintenance) to strengthen the elementary instrumental music program and ensure strong music programs.
We are acquiring musical instruments, supplies, and other resources from other citizens who understand the value of music in a child’s life. We work with instrument manufacturers, rental agencies, wholesalers, retailers, and others around the world who have access to serviceable musical instruments. Anyone who loves music and believes in music education for all children can join the effort!
Music4Life provides ready-to-play musical instruments to school districts and encourages them to make them available to kids in need. Why, you might ask? Because research shows that children who participate in instrumental music:
- Tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their non-music peers
- Demonstrate different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year
- Engage areas of the brain that are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events
- Report the lowest current and lifetime use of dangerous substances, including tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs0
Read more about the Benefits Of Music Education
We work with School Districts
Music4Life works with many schools districts to create programs that enhance music education. Music4Life™ programs are actively in school districts
Music4Life began in 2007 as a program to help kids in Seattle Public Schools. Since then we’ve expanded to help students attending Highline, Shoreline, Edmonds and Mukilteo Public Schools- comprising over 90,000 students in Washington state. Because Music4Life is a community-based activity, we guarantee that resources developed in any of those communities are used exclusively for the benefit of kids in those communities, as long as they are enrolled there. “Program Management Teams” comprised of local community leaders help us operate each of our programs.
During the 2015-16 school year, Music4Life delivered 143 ready-to-play musical instruments valued at $102,323 to our then five participating school districts. Since last September 1st, we already have delivered 149 instruments valued at $96,248 to our now six participating school districts. And the year is only half done. (NOTE: Instrument values are “fair market values” as determined by the Music4Life independent vendor/partner experts, local music stores.)
Thanks to King and Snohomish Counties and numerous Mayors and City Councils within them, May Is Music4Life Month” is now established as an annual event to help raise public awareness about the ongoing need.
Music4Life is proud to have been presented the prestigious 2012 “Friend of Music” award by the Washington Music Educator’s Association.