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Harlem music program gets grant for new instruments

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Harlem music program gets grant for new instruments Harlem music program gets grant for new instruments

The Harlem middle and high school music program recently received a national foundation awards grant that will provide the program with new instruments.

Harlem Public Schools music director Dan Owens says he applied for The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation grant after seeing the need in his program.

Many of the students play instruments that are decades old.

The foundation grant helps school music programs around the country that have lost funding or have limited budgets by donating new instruments.

Owens says the grant money will help the Harlem music program keep members and attract students. 

Owens said, "We're just all excited; the very next day as soon as I found out, I wrote it on the board and all the kids were so excited about it, they can't wait until next year to get the instruments."

Harlem was the only Montana school to receive a grant from the foundation during this school year.

You can learn more about the foundation at the website, including this overview: 

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation was inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus, the story of the profound effect a dedicated music teacher had on generations of students. The film's composer, Michael Kamen, started the foundation in 1996 as his commitment to the future of music education.

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by providing durable, high-quality musical instruments to deserving, under-funded music programs nationwide. By increasing the school’s inventory of quality, playable instruments, music teachers are given the tools they need to deliver a quality music education to students who want to learn, re-energize their program, attract new students and instill a sense of pride and worth for the students and the entire school.

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