Bridging the funding gap

Bridging the funding gap
Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 1:43pm

Seattle volunteer program provides instruments and music instruction cut from school budgets.

(KING) 30 minutes a week. For fourth and fifth graders in Seattle, that's the only music education time the school system can afford. Even as the school year comes to a close, a group of dedicated volunteers is working to bridge that gap.

Seattle Music Partners is a non-profit organization that's been in existence for about 13 years.

"What we do at Seattle Music Partners is provide free after school music instruction for 4th and 5th graders in the under served schools in Seattle's Central District," said program executive director Scott Gelband.

He and his staff recruit talented musicians who are high school aged or older to teach the lessons. The program also provides each student with an instrument, free of charge.

"We just want to give them that opportunity to fall in love with music and carry it with them for the rest of their lives," Gelband said.

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