Musical Instrument Fund

$250k goal

Campaign created 1 month ago
Gail Cavanaugh  PAWTUCKET, RI
Several years ago, I was downsized from a position as an instructor at a local community college.  I had already been taking courses toward a Masters degree, as I had heard through the grapevine that they were going to lay people off and close the office.  Devastated and not knowing where to turn, I applied for hundreds of jobs but, no one would hire me. 

Consequently, I stumbled upon an opportunity to teach piano to children.   Encourage by the transformation of a few problem students in the classes, I decided to start a business.  I taught fifty students over the course of two years, with great results.  The class was so popular, I soon had a waiting list of kids to get into the class.  Previously,   I had been teaching piano for thirteen years at community centers and to private clients.

I am a piano teacher planning on opening the RI Kids Create Music School in multiple locations in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts soon, where children and adults can learn to play any music on piano and guitar, as well as sing.   I need 5000 square feet of space for each of the locations.   All, except one of the schools will be located in suburban areas.

They can also join an orchestra which I am organizing.  I wrote and illustrated a book, "Beyond My Imagination ," about a boy who had a desire to take piano lessons.  It is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble's.  I created three book clubs to promote the book.  

I need 5000 square feet of space for each of the locations.  I have been teaching piano for thirteen years at community centers and to private clients.  

I need startup funding for the inventory - 100  pianos for the after-school programs, books, book club gift packages, promotional clothing, and 100 guitars for the lessons in the classrooms.  (The students will not be able to take these home.)

My first program begins on April 6, 2017.

 This would be a great opportunity for me to partnership with the communities to help enrich the children, by giving them an opportunity to increase their reading and math skills, develop spatial awareness skills, develop their creativity, develop critical thinking skills, achieve higher scores on standardized tests, complete tasks to perfection, develop discipline and respect for authority figures, and to develop tolerance and compassion for other ethnic groups.  The students would be able to attend the college or university of their choice.   By participating in the program, the students would have a better chance to compete in the global economy.

I would be very grateful for your generous donations to my startup fund, as you would be helping me to fulfill a lifetime dream of having my own business where I could make a difference in the lives of children and adults.  This would make the children and the adults very happy, too, as they would have their desire fulfilled in learning how to play the piano.  This in turn would open many doors for them.

 Thank you in advance for fulfilling the dreams of so many people!
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Update 5
Posted by Gail Cavanaugh
13 days ago
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I have another class beginning today at 2:30 pm at one of the local schools. I am expecting about ten students. They will receive a lesson on the history of the piano which I have on PowerPoint. The children in the last class enjoyed the discussion.

I am looking forward to help with financing pianos for this group. We need ten keyboards. The children are anxious to learn how to play the piano. I would like to give them an opportunity to learn.

I have a meeting with an architect and realtor to inspect the first location for the music school to determine how we can make this a great location for classes. The meeting is scheduled for Friday 4/14/2017 at 10:00 am. I will keep you posted.
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Update 4
Posted by Gail Cavanaugh
13 days ago
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I am holding a meeting for musicians, singers, conductors, etc, who might be interested in teaching music, joining or conducting a choir at the music schools. Meeting will be held at the Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer Street, Pawtucket, RI on 4/19/2017 from 1 pm - 3pm. Any interesested parties may attend.
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Update 3
Posted by Gail Cavanaugh
14 days ago
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My class began on April 6. I have twelve students so far and will get ten more this week. I gave a Power Point Presentation on pianos and played a rhythm game with them.

They are an active group and are looking forward to learning how to play the piano. I will be grateful for any help you extend to this campaign.
Piano built by Bartolomeo Cristofaro
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Update 2
Posted by Gail Cavanaugh
26 days ago
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Here are the remaining book club photo's - Great Beginnings and Hooked on Books. I created the clubs, brochures and fliers, and wrote and ilustrated the book.
Great Beginnings Book Club
Hooked on Books Club
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