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Electric Forest’s Music In Schools Program has supported local music education since 2012. Each year, thousands of dollars are donated to help keep music part of the curriculum in Michigan public schools.

By donating money and instruments to local school music programs, Electric Forest is bridging the gap between diminishing school budgets and music program resource needs. The Music In Schools Program also offers hands-on experiences to music students including performance opportunities at the festival, as well as on-site mentor opportunities, where students interested in music production “shadow” Electric Forest professionals during the event.

After all, Electric Forest’s home should be a place of musical discovery year-round!

“Electric Forest’s Music in Schools Program has added so much value to our school music programs here in Michigan. The opportunity for our students to perform at Electric Forest is incredible in so many ways, and the festival’s support allows us to invest in instruments and equipment that we could not otherwise provide our students. Music is universal, and the opportunity for the students to benefit from such a program is greatly appreciated by me, the students, and this community.”

– Curt Isakson, Shelby High School Director of Bands


TIMELINE OF SUPPORT

In 2012, Shelby High School was able to purchase new percussion instruments and cymbals, and the Montague Schools Music Department was able to grow their musical education budget from $500 to $5500!

The Shelby High School Jazz Band also performed at Electric Forest 2012…

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In 2013, Shelby High School used Music in Schools funding to seed a high quality piano lab with 20 pianos and a teacher control system.

“The piano lab has been a dream of mine since I began teaching here. Piano is the basic instrument of music, and teaching basic piano to our music students would make such a difference in their music understanding and love of music.”

– Curt Isakson, Shelby High School Director of Bands

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The Shelby High School Marching Tigers also performed at Electric Forest 2013…

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In 2014, the Montague Schools Music Department was able to purchase new uniform pieces to keep their marching band looking sharp.

Shelby High School used the Music in Schools donation to purchase new Color Guard Warmups and Flags for the Shelby High School Marching Tigers, who were able to march with even more pride!

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And the Marching Tigers returned to The Forest…

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In 2015, donations to Shelby High School helped with the purchase of new uniforms for their entire marching band, and raised awareness and support for their programs in the local community.

That same year, the Montague Schools Music Department was able to hire another teacher and they had the largest number of participants in their program in over 10 years.

And for the first time, Electric Forest’s Music In Schools supported the Arts Council of White Lake by providing grants to local public school students who would like to join their Junior Strings program. Due to budget cuts, stringed instruments are not taught at most local schools, and the Junior Strings program is the community’s answer to keeping strings instruction available to students.

Now a fixture at Electric Forest, the students and alumni of Shelby High marched once again!

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In 2016, Shelby High School will be investing in the students themselves via an Electric Forest Music Enrichment Program for the music students of Shelby. The Fund will offer scholarships for Shelby High School students who wish to further their musical education in the summer through trips and music camps. Shelby High School hopes in this way, they will not only keep their band program strong through investments in equipment, but also through investments in the students themselves.

The Montague Schools Music Department was able to hire yet another teacher to help assist with their growing band program, which has even more participants than last year! (The largest number of participants in 11 years!)

And the Arts Council of White Lake is once again providing grants to local public school students who would like to learn a stringed instrument.

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