Kickstarter Project rolled out to support Music and Arts education
for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County
If supported, this project will build 100 stringed instruments for youth in Sonoma County & train staff leaders in the Boys & Girls Clubs to facilitate more of these projects in the future and enhance their career skill sets. The deadline to make the pledge goal is October 11th 2013.
This project will engage the boys, girls and club staff members in artistically decorating, constructing and learning to play a three string mountain lap dulcimer. It is a program combining multiple art and production skills ending up in a beautiful, handmade, playable instrument. They will be using a DVD training program to take them through the project step by step - this program includes live footage of the process in action, instrument history, and resource guide.
In case you are not familiar with the way the Kickstarter project works, it is that no money changes hands unless the project gathers enough pledges to make the projects pre-set goal. In this case it means that if someone pledges $10, it is leveraged to help 100 children – but only if the project gets funded by the deadline. That's 10 cents per child plus the bonus of training the B&G club staffers to help their careers, not a bad investment in our community’s future. A do or die- pledge drive for the project’s creators and sponsors. It takes a village!
You can make a pledge at this url - http://kck.st/1ekQSND or go to storiesandstrings.com and hit the Kickstarter link on the home page and see a 5 minute mini-documentary on the project plus all the details about pledging .
This project is fun and educational at the same time and a wonderful introduction to the world of stringed instruments combining the visual arts and construction basics of instrument building. When the project is done the participants will be able to play in their own "Dulcimer Orchestra" as well as solo.
Children need more exposure to music to help exercise and "fine tune" their brains. Numerous university studies from Stanford, Northwestern and other prestigious Universities have shown that children's exposure to playing music enhances their learning capabilities in math as well as spoken and written language arts and overall academic achievement. In spite of these facts music has been systematically removed from the schools to "teach to the test." This project will add to the overall education of the participants in a unique way and enrich their lives, their families’ lives, and eventually the community in many positive ways- Music is not just an “elective” it is “essential” to the process of learning.
From "The Music in Our Minds" by Norman M. Weinberger; published in Educational Leadership, Vol. 56, No. 3: Nov. 1998.
Brain scans taken during musical performances show that virtually the entire cerebral cortex, (central processing area of the brain), is active while musicians are performing. Almost every system of the brain is at work simultaneously during a music performance, and brain cells are rapidly sending messages. The "workout" that the brain experiences during a musical performance strengthens the connections between brain cells, allowing the brain to function more efficiently.
……Then there is the view as one student in the documentary puts it “Dulcimers are FUN”
The Dulcimer Project and other Stories and Strings programs have been listed in the ARTS and Education Resource Guide for Sonoma County and have been presented at the Washington DC based National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) national convention. Over the last 9 years the Dulcimer Project has enabled over 1600 children in numerous schools plus other private and public venues, including several individual Boys and Girls Clubs sites, to build and play their own stringed instruments, either through a classroom event or an after school enrichment program. This multi-dimensional project combines art, engineering principles, assembly line techniques, social interaction, and music into one program.
For more information contact Richard Standard at 707-769-0448 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org