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Instruments Awarded to EECS Will Enable Students to Rock!

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Instruments Awarded to EECS Will Enable Students to Rock!
Posted on 04/26/2017
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East End Community School (EECS) will be able to start an extracurricular modern band ensemble – or “rock band” – after being awarded musical instruments through a new Maine Department of Education pilot program.

EECS is one of 10 Maine school districts awarded instruments as part of the Maine Kids Rock! pilot program, the Maine DOE announced this month.

The project, titled Maine Kids Rock!, is a pilot program developed between the Maine DOE and Little Kids Rock, the DOE said. It described Little Kids Rock as “a national nonprofit that is dedicated to building a world where kids can live rich, purposeful lives by ensuring that all public school children have the opportunity to unlock their inner music makers.”

EECS music teacher Timothy Fulwider applied for the program. He said the award “will be a great opportunity for EECS students.”

The awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Maine State Library in Augusta. Fulwider said he doesn’t know yet which instruments the school will be given, but said that a modern band ensemble consists of acoustic guitars, electric guitars, electric bass guitar, drum set, keyboards and vocalists. He believes the school will receive about $1,500 worth of instruments.

He said the award will allow EECS next fall “to start an extracurricular modern band ensemble, or ‘rock band,’ which will consist of fourth- and fifth-grade students.”

Also, Fulwider said, “We will also be able to incorporate the modern band instruments into the music curriculum. Students as young as first grade will have the opportunity to learn the basics of playing guitar and keyboards during their regular weekly music class.”

He added that he relocated to Portland last year after teaching elementary school music for two years in Nashville, Tenn. “I was involved in the Little Kids Rock program during my time in Nashville and found it to be a fun and engaging way to teach music and group performance to elementary students,” Fulwider said.

The 10 selected schools are:

*Central Community Elementary School, RSU 64

* Crescent Park and Woodstock Elementary Schools, RSU 44

* East End Community School, Portland Public Schools

* Houlton Middle/High School, RSU 29

* Katahdin Elementary, Middle and High Schools, RSU 50

* Medway Middle School, Medway School Department

* Meroby and Rumford Elementary Schools, RSU 10

* Penobscot Valley High School, RSU31

* Troy Howard Middle School, RSU 71

* Waterville Senior High School, AOS 92

Schools were chosen by review teams who scored applications based on need, sustainability, and quality of proposed programing. In order to be eligible for the pilot, school districts must serve 50 percent or more free or reduced lunch to eligible students, and agree to offer modern band during the 2017-2018 school year, taught by a certified music teachers.