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Many places you can shop, including the following brands, have loyalty programs: AmazonSmile: Support MFA while shopping on Amazon! Visit smile.amazon.com, select Music for All, and start shopping. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Music for All. Soon you will be able to shop at Goodshop, Kroger, Target, and other retailers, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated back to “Music for All”. Donate your car or truck to MFA– CARS 1.Picks up your vehicle2.Gives you the full market value for your vehicle3.Completes all the state and federal tax forms required…
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Appreciated stock, held for more than one year, can be the ideal choice for individuals who want their gifts to make the biggest impact for the lowest possible cost. The secret ingredient: double tax benefits. This is how it works. Suppose Ann gives MFA 100 shares of a stock she purchased 10 years ago for $1,000. That stock has risen to its current fair market value of $5,000. Today, Ann can deduct the full $5,000 on this year’s income tax return. The $4,000 capital gain is not taxed, even though the gain is quadruple the purchase price. Avoiding capital gains…
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Appreciated stock, held for more than one year, can be the ideal choice for individuals who want their gifts to make the biggest impact for the lowest possible cost. The secret ingredient: double tax benefits. This is how it works. Suppose Ann gives MFA 100 shares of a stock she purchased 10 years ago for $1,000. That stock has risen to its current fair market value of $5,000. Today, Ann can deduct the full $5,000 on this year’s income tax return. The $4,000 capital gain is not taxed, even though the gain is quadruple the purchase price. Avoiding capital gains…
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Music for All’s efforts to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences include awarding a number of scholarships each year for students and directors to attend the Summer Symposium. You can help provide “a positively life-changing experience” of summer learning and music-making for students who may not otherwise be able to attend camp. L.J. Hancock Summer Symposium Scholarships (for Students) Tang Family Scholarship Fund (for Students) Marion County Scholarships (for Students) Mark Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund (for Directors and Future Music Educators) For more information on each of the Scholarships above click here.
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Are you a SWAG? The SWAG Team is the heart and soul of the Summer Symposium. SWAGs are a volunteer group of dedicated college students, graduate students, band directors, and others interested in music education. Music for All is starting a new SWAG Alumni Program for this very special group of alumni, and we need your help! The purpose of the SWAG Alumni Program is to: Gather and share memories from the Music for All Summer Symposium Assist with identifying, recruiting, and engaging future SWAGs and SWAG alumni Help tell others “the story” of Music for All and the Summer…
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From: Selecting Repertoire: A Matter of Conscience A Personal Viewpoint by Craig Kirchhoff “The future of music may not be with music itself, but rather....in the way it makes itself a part of the finer things humanity does and dreams of.”1 Charles Ives Every decision that we make as teachers, musical and extra-musical, is a reflection of our values. In the case of repertoire selection, the critical balance of aesthetic criteria and personal taste defines that value system. While aesthetic criteria may be more easily agreed upon, the issue of personal taste is more elusive to define, yet, may represent…
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Vandoren has been the preferred reed of professionals since 1905. However, during much of this time beginning students have often had to resort to inexpensive, lower quality reeds to save money. With Vandoren’s introduction of JUNO reeds in recent years, beginning students are finally able to enjoy that trademark, unparalleled Vandoren quality from their first note at an affordable student price. Designed specifically for beginners, Vandoren JUNO reeds are designed with a special cut that provides young players with everything they need to hit the ground running – immediate response, easy articulation, and a warm, round sound right from the…
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   Above: the "after" photos. See the "before" photos at the bottom of the story. When Wenger Corporation got the call from a producer at The Ellen DeGeneres Show about participating in a music room makeover to help two local drummers at a Baltimore High School, they simply had to say yes. The Ellen DeGeneres Show introduced Baltimore drummers Timothy Fletcher and Malik Perry, better known as A1 Chops, to the world. The duo began drumming in high school and decided to take their talents to the streets of Baltimore performing songs with complex drum tricks and popular dance moves. Ellen brought them on her show…
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Savannah Mellichamp of Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina was awarded The Revelli Scholarship on Saturday, March 16 during the Gala Awards Banquet at the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, in Indianapolis. The Revelli Scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually to a senior who will be attending college as a music major and who is participating in the Music for All National Festival. The scholarship honors the legacy and memory of Dr. William D. Revelli and his vision for music education. In addition to being an Honor Band of America member and a two-time…
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The three newest members of Music for All's Bands of America Hall of Fame were inducted Saturday night, March 16, at the Gala Awards Banquet of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, in Indianapolis, IN. Gayl W. Doster, Robert W. Smith, and David Starnes were inducted during a ceremony at the 2,800+ guest Festival Banquet in the JW Marriott Grand Ballroom. Learn more about our four newest Hall of Fame Members from the announcement of the class of 2019, and the Festival Ceremony Hall of Fame videos.
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