Piano donation to school inspires lifelong love of music - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Piano donation to school inspires lifelong love of music

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Inside the walls of Sharpe Elementary, students' lives are changing one note at a time.

Dixon Gallery had a baby grand piano it rarely used, so it decided to call the school to see if it needed one.

"Woo-hoo was my reaction," Stephanie Gatewood said.

Gateway could not believe her luck. Her school was getting a piano worth thousands of dollars for free. With a tight budget, they could not have afforded it otherwise.

"We were in awe, and we are still in awe," Gatewood said.

Fifth grade teacher Jason St. Clair is also in awe. He knows the effect music had on him. He also knows what it can mean for students.

"Music teaches you teamwork," St. Clair said. "Music teaches you all these different types of skills, character skills, integrity. I hope that it develops them in those ways as well."

These are skills fifth grader Montavious Higgs is learning as part of the school's "Strings" program. The music class started two weeks ago.

"We get to play music with the other children," Higgs said.

It's a gift Higgs can enjoy for the rest of his life, just like St. Clair.

"Just to see them grasp the gift and take off with it. It's a blessing to me," St. Clair said.

Sharpe Elementary is looking for a volunteer after school and on Saturdays to teach students the power of music--using the baby grand piano, of course.

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