About Highline Schools Music4Life
Highline Public Schools serves more than 18,000 students in 33 schools in a community that is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity.
Highline Music4Life begins by providing musical instruments to fifth and sixth graders who qualify for free and reduced-priced meals. In special circumstances, we can provide instruments to older children, as well. Highline Music4Life has also provided violins, violas, guitars, and ukuleles to support new string instrument programs at the middle school level.
Our goal is to enable as many young people as possible to take advantage of instrumental music opportunities.
“We know that there are students interested in instrumental music who don’t have the resources to acquire an instrument,” says Stefan Nelson, Cultural Arts Specialist for Highline Public Schools.
“As a matter of equity, we aim to increase the availability of instruments to all of our students, especially for our schools in high poverty areas. With enough new or used instruments, we can increase elementary instrumental music participation significantly.”
Currently, 24 percent of all fifth and sixth grade students in Highline Public Schools participate in instrumental music programs. The Highline Music4Life initiative intends to increase that number to 40 percent.
“All students should have the opportunity to participate fully in arts education,” says Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield. “We are grateful to Highline Music4Life and its contributors for removing financial barriers that would otherwise prevent some students from experiencing the benefits and the joys of making music.”
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