Supporting School-Aged Children In Decatur, IL
What Is the Instrument Library?
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 in partnership with the Decatur Public Schools Foundation maintains a library of instruments for use within the Decatur Public Schools District.
These grants combined with instrument donations from patrons like you, we currently maintain a library of over 470 instruments that are “on loan” to music students in Decatur, IL.
Donate an instrument
To donate an instrument, please contact Zach Shields, Decatur Public Schools Foundation Executive Director, at 217-362-3042.
You can also make a monetary donation online to support the Instrument Library through the Foundation’s online portal. Select “Instrument Repair” to make a tax-deductible donation today. Donated funds are used to repair and maintain current instruments and to purchase new instruments as necessary.
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.
Request an Instrument
We coordinate with Decatur Public School teachers to fulfill instrument requests. Qualified children can request a loaner instrument through their band or orchestra teacher.