The “Glee Give a Note” campaign, started over 3 months ago, will distribute $1 million to 73 schools nationwide in grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to help save struggling music programs.
Dr. Carla Bartlett, Director of the Mark Keppel Instrumental Music Program, said “We applied for the Glee grant with the goal of ‘No child left behind without an instrument.’ With huge enrollments in all of our music classes, we have students without their own instrument--guitarists sharing guitars, for example. We really need some help to purchase enough instruments for all of our students to have their own to use during class instruction.”
Students at Mark Keppel High School were among thousands across the country who created submissions in video form during an open call for entries in September. In October, the eligible entries were posted on www.GleeGiveANote.com and put up for public vote for one month.
The Mark Keppel Instrumental Music Program students were very enthusiastic about the Glee Contest. Junior Jackie Tri, Orchestra Treasurer and videographer said “Making the video was a challenge because of the short notice, but overall it was really a fun process.”
“Music education plays such a critical role in the development of our children, yet its place in our schools is not assured due to dire budget situations across the nation," said Michael A. Butera, executive director of the National Association for Music Education.
To see a list of all the winning schools and view the submissions, visit www.GleeGiveANote.com. Glee: The Complete Second Season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13th and $1 from every sale went towards the Glee Give A Note campaign. Glee: The Concert Movie releases in stores on Blu-ray, DVD and 3D Blu-ray December 20.
Built in 1939, Mark Keppel High School has a long history of providing quality visual and performing arts programs. With a full compliment of arts classes—visual art, theatre, vocal and instrumental music—and outstanding instructors, students at Mark Keppel receive a quality arts education. The school produces a musical every other year, plays every spring, and concerts year round.
Dr. Bartlett, Instrumental Music Director, won the Bravo Award for outstanding secondary arts educator from the Music Center in 2007. Students from Mark Keppel consistently win scholarships and awards for their work in the arts, and go on to study in colleges such as Bennington, CSU San Luis Obispo, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Oberlin.