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Playing It Forward

WQXR is launching their first Musical Instrument Drive between March 28 and April 7. Donate your gently used musical instrument at various drop-off locations. WQXR will repair the instruments and distribute them to deserving music programs in New York City public schools. Learn more about the WQXR Instrument Drive.

Music has the ability to change lives. Read some stories gathered from a few Carnegie Hall staff about how donating instruments has made a positive impact on themselves and students across the country.

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Marie Ortinau,
Administrative Assistant,
Elementary School Programs
“During spring cleaning at the end of the 2012–2013 school year, Carnegie Hall’s Elementary School Programs team found a classroom set of glockenspiels in storage. We posted the find to our Facebook group of teachers participating in Musical Explorers (our world-music program for grades K–2) to see if anyone could make use of the set in their classrooms. We received an enthusiastic response and mailed a box full of glockenspiels to the first teacher to post so that she could have the summer to plan how she would use them in her classroom!”

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Students playing on the donated glockenspiels.

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Hillarie O'Toole,
Educational Partnerships
“Jan White, a longtime Link Up teacher affiliated with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, held a penny drive with her students to raise money for instruments for a school affected by Hurricane Sandy last year (PS 15 in Red Hook).”
We have always appreciated the musical opportunities we get from Link Up and West Michigan Symphony—and this most recent connection truly exemplifies the spirit of the program.

—Jan White (Read the full article.)  

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Jacqueline Stahlmann,
Elementary School Programs
“I am a musician thanks to someone who donated a cello to a thrift store back in Minnesota. My sisters both played the violin (I’m sure also donated by someone) and my mom picked up a cello for $30 at a thrift store. It was a quarter-size and I started learning with that one, but I now own a full-sized cello.

“I also have an instrument to donate! I’ve been looking for the perfect student who wants to learn the trumpet. I found it on the ground at a thrift shop in Queens, and it was too good not to buy! It’s a Conn and in really decent condition. Right now, it’s sitting on my windowsill in my kitchen, not being used. I will be donating this instrument to the WQXR Instrument Drive.”