Who We Are
East Grand Rapids (EGR) Music Boosters is a non-profit organization comprised of parent volunteers who believe music education is an integral part of public education, providing intangible benefits that enrich the lives of all East Grand Rapids students.
If you have a child in any of EGR's band, orchestra, or choir classes, go to their concerts, or are interested in supporting music education, then congratulations and welcome, you are a music booster!
In 2014/2015, we raised more than $20,000 for district wide music programs through fundraisers and donations. Each music teacher in every building received grants to supplement departmental budgets. In addition, Music Boosters helped cover the cost of accompanists, band camp counselors, enrichment opportunities, judges for middle school solo and ensemble, uniforms, and technology. More than 30 students received scholarships for private lessons and summer camps.
Learn more about becoming a member of Music Boosters.
How Can You Get Involved?
- Become a volunteer.
- Attend a monthly meeting.
- Make a financial contribution.
- Participate in a fundraiser.
- Attend a concert.
Please join us in supporting the music program through your membership, your donations, and through your support of our Arts for Life fundraiser held each year in March.
10 Lessons the Arts Teach
From the National Art Education Association.
- The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
- The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
- The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
- The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving, purposes are seldom fixed. They change with circumstance and opportunity.
- The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know.
- The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
- The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
- The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
- The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source. Through such experience, we discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
- The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.
SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications.