Instrument Library

Supporting School-Aged Children In Decatur, IL

What Is the Instrument Library?

The Basics

Research has proven that children who study music via an instrument are more likely to enhance their academic successes in school. The Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur and the Decatur Public Schools Foundation provide grants to support the Instrument Library.

These grants combined with instrument donations from individuals in our community have helped build a library of over 180 instruments that are “on loan” to music students in Decatur, IL.

 

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Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear (TIME).

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A new piece of research by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) reveals nine in ten children want to learn a musical instrument (Classic FM).

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Learning an instrument teaches a child how to create, store, and retrieve memories more effectively (Peterson Family Foundation).

Instrument Zoo

Donate an instrument

To donate an instrument, please contact Zach Shields, Decatur Public Schools Foundation Executive Director, at 217-424-3300.

Instrument zoo

The Guild holds an “Instrument Zoo” where children from the Decatur area can come look at and try out different band instruments. At these events, children can learn from those who actually play them and get a chance to see instruments up-close. Instrument Zoos typically happen in the summer.

 

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101 W. Cerro Gordo Street Decatur, IL 62523

Request an Instrument

Qualified children can check out a loaner instrument from the DPSF to participate in school band and orchestra. To learn more, please contact Zach Shields, Decatur Public Schools Foundation Executive Director, at 217-424-3300

Pick Up and Drop Off

Students may pick up and drop off instruments at the Decatur Area Arts Council or Decatur Public Schools Foundations, DPS61 Professional Development Building.

Decatur Area Arts Council
125 N Water St #100
Decatur, IL 62523

Decatur Public Schools Foundations
DPS61 Professional Development Building
101 W. Cerro Gordo Street
Decatur, IL 62523

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