The Foundation has long believed children can learn from making music and the staff at
Burns Middle School
(BMS) put this to practice with
; a program where children come together and let creativity and innovation flow.
Jeanna Bryson is the Instructional Technology Facilitator at the library and she uses MakerSpace to get kids excited about learning and rewards them with fun activities when they reach reading and math goals.
Jeanna uses ukuleles provided by the Foundation as an incentive as they have become very popular with the kids.
"I got the idea to use the ukuleles because it is an instrument that is easy to 'explore' and with little instruction up front, the kids get how it works," she says.
The kids are also encouraged to build something from household products that can be used to solve everyday problems.
"Then the kids can ‘problem solve’ to play the songs they want," she says. "After quickly teaching them a few cords, they wanted to look up songs with those cords."
Not only are the kids enamored with these little guitars, Jeanna says she has joined a ukulele group that is an hour from where she lives and meets once a month.
"I just started playing and have fallen in love," she says. "I want our children to find a passion for something and I hope the ukuleles can fill the void. Thank you Guitar Center Music Foundation."