DANSVILLE — Dansville's Ellis B. Hyde elementary school has received a $4,857 grant from Rochester Area Community Foundation. The grant pays for a program that introduces children to authentic musical experiences and explores cultures while using Orff instruments.
Using the Orff approach, play based lessons are developed where students sing, move and dance with the use of Orff-style instruments. The grant allows for the replacement and expansion of our current inventory of xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels. Students will learn musical concepts and will learn about various cultures through music in an environment where they feel comfortable exploring, playing, imitating and experimenting. This type of music education provides a whole-child experience and sparks growth in other subject areas.
EBH music teacher Cristyn Reynolds says, "We are excited to continue to build well rounded students by providing them with a wide variety of musical experiences. These instruments will enhance our current curriculum and allow more students to have access to the musical experiences in our classroom. We are very grateful to the Community Foundation for helping us to continue our efforts."
Lisa Johnson, EBH Principal, says, "We are very grateful for the generosity of the Community Foundation. These instruments allow us to enhance our music program and provide meaningful experiences for our students."
The Rochester Area Community Foundation engages philanthropists and community partners to improve their eight-county region by promoting philanthropy that helps to create an equitable community and strengthen our region’s vitality. Since 1972, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $471 million in grants and scholarships. For more information, visit www.racf.org