There is no doubt that being a part of band or orchestra can greatly enhance a child's life, both now and in the future. Recent studies from many sources indicate that kids who study music generally have higher test scores, watch less TV, and are much more likely to go to college.
It's a shame that for some children, the opportunity to participate in band or orchestra is severely limited by their parents' inability to pay for a quality instrument, as well as by their schools' inability to keep up with the ever-increasing numbers of program enrollees.
Dayna Barnes wanted to make a difference. A band mom who started Horns For Kids (Horns4Kids.org), a website project devoted to linking donated instruments to the school programs that need them.
We believe that kids thrive when given the chance to learn and play music. Putting an instrument into their hands improves the quality of their education and their lives. The window is brief and all kids deserve a chance to play music in school!
Additionally, The Mr Holland's Opus Foundation (mhopus.org) has a similar mission statement. Here is what they have on their site
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, giving youngsters the many benefits of music education, helping them to be better students and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music.
If you would like to donate your instrument to a school in need without the worry that it will end up on an auction site, this site can help. Wouldn't it be nice to know exactly what school or program is benefitting from your donation? This site is dedicated to linking donors directly with needy school music programs, with no middleman.