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Music Takes Flight A project to make music accessible to children

My Project

Hello! For my project I am leading a community fundraiser to install an outdoor xylophone at Bernel Road Park in State College, PA. This will provide children with the remarkable benefits of playing music in a free, frequently accessible, and fun environment. I look forward to providing this opportunity to our popular local park with an airport theme!

Sponsors:

3 Dots Awesome Grant The Centre County Airport Authority

Trinity Lutheran Church, The Nittany Knights, State College Sunrise Rotary Club, Betsy Whitman, The Beyer Family, The Mathias Family, Beverly Attkisson, Ken Benvenuto, Peg Hambrick, Bob and Sandy Coyle, Spud and Katie, Alice Wilson and John Stitzinger, Deanna Behring, and growing!

How to Donate

If you would like to donate to this project, click this:

Or, if you prefer to donate by check:

Please makes checks payable to “Girls Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania” and include a note for “Music Takes Flight”; Mail to: Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, 350 Hale Ave, Harrisburg, PA 17104

The Benefits

Children having access to music has many benefits for their developing minds and even in the future. Early Childhood Connections published: "Music engages the brain while stimulating neural pathways associated with such higher forms of intelligence as abstract thinking, empathy, and mathematics." Young children are also aural learners since ears are fully mature, therefore music (an aural art) is extremely helpful in the learning process. ECC also published: "Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole child: the child's desire for language, the body's urge to move, the brain's attention to patterns, the ear's lead in initiating communication, the voice's response to sounds, as well as the eye-hand coordination associated with playing musical instruments." An article by Live Science also states that "making music enhances the immunological response, which enables us to fight viruses." Learning Potential.gov also posted, "Studies in neuroscience show that music can enhance brain function in children. Musical activities (such as playing an instrument, singing or just listening to music) stimulate the brain, and this brain workout leads to improved brain structure with the formation of new neural connections." They also state that music improves language skills, math skills, memory, attention, concentration, coordination, and social skills. Also aside from the learning benefits, it has a large effect on mental well being. Beyond Blue has reported that "research has shown that people who regularly practice an instrument exhibit a high level of neural plasticity. This refers to the brain's ability to change...based on learning experiences." This makes children and adults develop a greater memory capacity, and makes them less susceptible to stress and anxiety. Allowing children to experience these benefits would help the community.

Learn to Play Songs

Once the instrument is installed, this section will contain video explanations on how to play songs. This will allow park visitors to get a greater experience from the instrument. The instructions will be accessible via a QR code on a sign next to the instrument.

Musical 5k Fundraiser

I am raising the money to purchase the instrument through community donations. I will be performing a "Musical 5k" - 5,000 notes played on the instrument after it's installation. The video will be posted here.

About Me

Hello! I have been a Girl Scout since kindergarten, and I am now a Girl Scout Ambassador. This project aligns with my passion for music. I have been playing instruments since age four, when I began violin lessons. I have played saxophone in the school band since fourth grade, and I also play piano, and guitar.

Credits:

Created with images by Gayatri Malhotra - "untitled image" • nattanan23 - "money profit finance" • andibreit - "piggy bank save piglet" • Jie Wang - "untitled image" • rjasso - "sheet music music melody" • franz-niebauer - "music xylophon instrument"