On Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, the UF student chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the primary professional organization for music educators, sponsored a concert to benefit the Give a Note Foundation. The Give a Note Foundation works to ensure that all children have access to high-quality, comprehensive, sequential music education.
During the fall 2013 semester, the UF NAfME officers applied for a Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) seed grant to produce the concert. They were awarded the grant by FMEA last spring and began planning the event. A number of performers and ensembles donated their time to perform in the concert, including Sigma Alpha Iota, Newberry Saxophone Quartet, Mary McLean, Brian Hargrove, The Sedoctaves, Korean Percussion Ensemble, Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir, Gerard Spicer and the University of Florida Jazz Choir.
“The concert was a great success, with an appreciative and generous audience,” said Kristina Benson, chapter president. “Between the combination of donations and the unused portion of our grant, we were able to send about $1,300 to the Give A Note Foundation."
Associate Professor of Music Education William Bauer who serves as an advisor for the chapter said he is very proud of the students for taking time out of their busy lives to engage in the service project. “All children deserve the opportunity for a complete education that includes music, and the efforts of the members of the UF NAfME chapter have helped to support that cause.”