Soothing, stimulating, or somewhere in between, scientists have long sensed much potential in music’s power to change the brain and affect the way it works. Hawaii non-profit group Music For Life Foundation believes in music’s benefits for children, and works to promote music and art in schools.
Founded in October 2010, Music For Life Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to empower people through music, and to support schools and community centers’ music-related programs that raise awareness about the benefits of music education. President and founder Leo Daquioag views music as a special resource- “a tool for assisting in education and a world language for all people to ‘communicate.’”
Music For Life Foundation will be coordinating a musical instrument donation drive at Ala Moana Center. Entitled “Da Beat Goes On…,” the instrument donation drive will be on December 14 at Ala Moana Center’s Center Stage. Musical instrument and equipment donations will be accepted from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. More at http://alamoanacenter.com/Events/Centertainment.aspx?m=12. Music For Life Foundation will accept new or gently used, playable musical instruments and equipment.
If you can’t get to the donation drive, you can drop off tax-deductible donations of musical instruments at Hard Rock Café in Honolulu (in Waikiki on Beachwalk Ave.) during business hours.
Wai`anae High School Marching Band will also offer a live performance; this band was successfully restored earlier this year thanks to student efforts and Music For Life Foundation’s sponsorship. It had been without a band program since Spring 2008, due to fiscal constraints and budget challenges.
It’s come back even stronger! Wai`anae High School marching band students, along with other participating high school band students from Hawaii, recently received an invitation to march as members of the Hawaii All State Marching Band at the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. More at http://www.hasmb.com/.
For additional information about Music for Life Foundation, visit www.musicforlifefound.org or call (800) 538-0643.