PING students make music at spring enrichment workshop

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By Melissa Ford

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Submitted by Susan Parks

Thirty-two 4th and 5th grade PING! students rocked Beye School with a drumming workshop on Saturday April 7. These young musicians, led by local music teachers Paul and Evan Jacobsen, played on “tub drums” to learn important concepts about note value, rhythms and reading music. In addition, the students received a private music lesson from a high school PING! mentor, working on scales and tone and practicing pieces for their upcoming concerts!  

“The students participating in these workshops not only have fun, but they are energized about their music and motivated to keep practicing. Parents and teachers tell us they can tell the difference in the students,” notes Lynn Taylor, PING! Board member and Enrichment Chair.

PING! opens the doors to music for low-income students by providing band and orchestra instruments and music enrichment in school districts 90, 97 and 200. Music enrichment includes the annual fall and spring workshops, middle school mentoring, summer music camp scholarships and concert field trips. 

Learn more about PING! and consider donating to this worthy organization by visiting:



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Posted: April 19th, 2012 9:43 AM

It is so wonderful to see this program continuing and thriving. PING! is such a positive group and is truly making a difference in children's lives. What a great testament to our community.

Lisa Bierman from Oak Park   

Posted: April 13th, 2012 12:22 PM

Knowing how much benefit my own kids have gotten out of music training, it gives me deep satisfaction to know that PING is making the world of music--and the chance to MAKE music--available to kids who might not have any other way of becoming musicians themselves.

Music Parent from Oak Park  

Posted: April 12th, 2012 5:18 PM

Wonderful to see the looks of joy on the faces of these aspiring musicians. What a wonderful opportunity for both the high school student mentors and their middle school budding proteges! Without this terrific learning program, none of this great progress would be possible. Way to go PING!

Gabby from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: April 12th, 2012 3:00 PM

PING! is an incredibly valuable resource in our community. They are a dedicated group of people who are truly making sure that music can reach every one of our kids. Keep up the great work!

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