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Music teacher uses grant to buy guitars and drum set

A fund has been used to invest in new musical instruments.
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A music teacher has spent a grant worth $4,140 (£2,538) on new guitars, amps and drums, amongst other pieces of equipment.

Michelle Schmitt from St Croix Elementary and Middle School in the US was awarded the fund as part of a music education grant, New Richmond News reports.

She explains: "[I] bought four electric guitars, two bass guitars, amps [and] a drum set, as well as the accessories that go with these instruments."

The tutor says she added these to her collection, which includes a number of keyboards and acoustic guitars already used by pupils.

Ms Schmitt uses the items to teach youngsters about all kinds of music and influences, covering a vast array of genres.

They can now play the 1950s hit Rock Around the Clock, which the teacher selected for its simple combination of three guitar chords.

Students have been particularly interested to use the new equipment because they consider the guitars and other instruments as "cool", Ms Schmitt adds.

Other students with an interest in music are youngsters at Mexborough School in Doncaster, who were recently treated to a performance by Saxon electric guitar player Graham Oliver, the Sheffield Star reported.

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Posted on 18 Apr 2011 09:26 to category : Instruments News

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