Helping Young Students Afford Instruments

When people gather in downtown Minot for Friday’s Christmas tree lighting, a group of Minot State University music students will be kicking off a new project to help budding, young musicians.
Jim Olson reports.

(Arnikka Thompson, MSU Freshman) “Music is needed. Music is what’s needed for people. It’s what makes the gears turn.”

That’s the kind of attitude that results in this…

(singing “Joy To The World”)

And also leads to this…

(Megan Klebe, MSU Freshman) “My class decided to create an organization to collect instruments to give to children who may not be able to afford them.”
(Dr. Dianna Anderson, MSU Professor of Music) “I asked them to find a musical need in the community and go about meeting that need.”
(Arnikka Thompson, MSU Freshman) “It will benefit mostly little kids for years to come.”

And so the freshmen in Dr. Anderson’s class have been planning and plotting – and will put their new endeavor into action Friday during the downtown Minot tree lighting celebration. People enjoying their music-making will be asked to donate to help young kids realize their dreams of playing an instrument.

(Megan Klebe, MSU Freshman) “We are going to put on little performances around the Minot area to raise awareness. We have posters, we have cards, we’re asking people to give money donations or even find instruments in their attic to just donate to us.”
(Dr. Dianna Anderson, MSU Professor of Music) “This one really surprised me and it was really cool.”

So as they’re singing “Joy To The World,” these students are hoping you’ll help bring music to the world of youngsters in the region.

(Arnikka Thompson, MSU Freshman) “Test scores go up, kids are smarter if they play music, and all that jazz. It’s something people need.”

Jim Olson, KX News.

Click here for a link to the Facebook page with information on donating instruments or cash.
Their email is:  m.u.2.s.i.4.c@gmail.com

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