Vh1 Saves the Music

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Emma Carroll writes, Vh1 is known for quirky shows like I Love 1979 and 40 Dumbest Celebrity Quotes Ever as well as reality shows like Flavor…

Vh1 is known for quirky shows like I Love 1979 and 40 Dumbest Celebrity Quotes Ever as well as reality shows like Flavor of Love and I Love New York 2 which air frequently. It also is big on music, having created the Vh1 Rock Honors and a foundation called the Vh1 Save the Music Foundation.The foundation, however, operates in affiliation with, but separately from the cable channel Vh1. Don’t get confused though, because the charity started from the cable channel.The mission of the Vh1 Save the Music Foundation is to restore instrumental music education in America’s public schools and raise awareness of the importance of music in children’s education.Founded in 1997, the nonprofit organization has provided 1,500 public schools in over 100 U.S. cities nearly $40 million dollars worth of new musical instruments, impacting the lives of over 1 million public school students.In the last 30 years, music education programs have eroded in many communities and cities across the U.S. Vh1 Save the Music wants to reverse that trend and ensure all kids have access to a quality education that includes music.Why music? Studies show that the study of music develops critical thinking and self discipline skills while improving the early cognitive development, basic mate and reading skills, self-esteem, SAT scores, ability to work in teams, spatial resoning skills, and school attendance. Impressed? There’s more. Research has found that kids involved in musical education are more likely to graduate high school and attend college, as well as being less likely to be involved with substance abuse or gangs.In Colorado, the foundation has helped over 50 schools, like Grant Ranch School, Gilipin Elementary School, Brown Elementary, McMeen Elementary, Cole Middle School, Cory Elementary, Johnson Elementary, and Munroe Elementary. To check out the list, go on their website.The website is vh1savethemusic.com where you can find success stories, FAQ’s, upcoming events, and other information about the foundation.

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