Fall Into Music Instrument Drive
By Cheryl Dring – programming director
KMFA is proud to be involved with Fall into Music. We are helping the Hispanic Alliance for the Performing Arts collect gently used musical instruments, repair them and get them into the hands of young musicians who couldn’t otherwise afford the expense of a quality instrument.
I remember the first real musical instrument in my life. I was starting piano lessons at age nine and my parents, who weren’t wealthy, wanted to find a quality instrument for me to practice on. They found a used piano in good condition, and I remember being impressed that it was the same age that I was…nine…and that they paid $900 dollars for it. All those nines! It seemed like a huge amount of money, and I felt like my parents were investing something in me. That piano followed me through 12 years of piano lessons, high school voice lessons, college and graduate school. It retained a place of honor in my mother’s living room until just a couple of years ago when I passed it along to my cousin’s young son.
I’ve heard it said that, if you want to get a kid interested in baseball, you don’t take him to a game, you put a bat in his hands. By the same token, if you want to get a kid interested in music, you put an instrument in his hands. The lessons of focus, application, and dedication that the study of music teaches are invaluable…and those lessons apply beyond music. The sense of self-worth that preparing and performing music encourages…the teamwork learned from playing in an ensemble….all these things are helpful throughout life, through school and into work and adult life.
Please consider passing along an unused instrument you may have lying around. If you haven’t played your high school clarinet in 30 years, be inspired by the idea that it could march in a band again. And that some kid would be proud to carry it, care for it, and make music with it. If you don’t have an instrument to donate, you can still take part; all those donated instruments will need repair, cases, reeds, strings or mouthpieces. You can make a financial contribution to help with that.
Find out all the details at www.hispanicallianceaustin.org. We’d love to have you drop off the instrument at KMFA, but there are other locations listed on the website. Austin is such a musical town…help grow the next generation of musicians. Not just the great ones, but the ones who will cherish music for a lifetime even if they aren’t great!
The drive will run September 4 through September 8 this year. You can drop off your instruments at the KMFA studios at 3001 North Lamar in Austin during regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the weekend.