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20
YEARS

Since 2003, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation has been Keeping the Beat – raising funds to pay for music instructors and instruments.

1850
INSTRUMENTS COLLECTED

We collect instruments to repair and put them directly into the hands of students in SB Unified music programs.

100
K-6 STUDENTS RECEIVING MUSIC EDUCATION

Today all K-6 students are receiving one 30-45 minute lesson each week with a credentialed music teacher with curriculum that aligns with the California Standards for Visual and Performing Arts.

You can Keep the Beat for Santa Barbara’s students!

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation will join 99.9 KTYD Morning Mojo’s Lin Aubuchon and Bill Pesso for the entire month of February for the Keep the Beat Instrument Drive. The on-air event will serve as an awareness raiser and celebration for SB Unified’s young aspiring musicians. During the month-long radio event, supporters, SB Unified music teachers, and local professional musicians will take to the airwaves to rally the community’s support of music education in local public schools.

Please support music education in our public schools by donating a used instrument or funds below!

Donate an Instrument

Do you have an instrument gathering dust? Donate your used instruments to put them directly into the hands of students in a local school music program.  We will be hosting instrument drop-off locations every Friday in February.

Friday, February 3 from 11 am to 3 pm at Nick Rail Music (2801 De La Vina Street)

Friday, February 10 from 10 am to 2 pm at La Cumbre Junior High (2255 Modoc Road)

Friday, February 17 from 11 am to 3 pm at Nick Rail Music (2801 De La Vina Street)

Friday, February 24 from 10 am to 2 pm at La Cumbre Junior High (2255 Modoc Road)

Do you have questions about donating? Call us at (805) 284-9125 or email us at [email protected].

Donate to funds Keep the Beat

With four different ways to donate, we’ve made it easier than ever! You can

  1. Mail a check made out to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation to our office at 1528 Chapala Street, Suite 308, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
  2. Text KEEPTHEBEAT to 44-321.
  3. Call our office at (805) 284-9125.
  4. Or donate online by using the form below.

Thank you to our Keep the Beat Radiothon sponsors!

Watch performances from past Keep the Beat Radiothons!

Franklin Elementary School

Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Band
Will Breman
Monroe Elementary School

The Piano Boys
The Brambles
La Cumbre Junior High School Drumline
Dos Pueblos High School String Orchestra
OutOfTheBlue

Why the need to Keep the Beat?

You probably know that music education has been proven to raise self-esteem and hone creativity. You probably know that music education develops critical thinking, creative problem solving, and teamwork. And you probably know music education helps students achieve in other academic areas such as science, math, and reading.

But did you know that music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school? Research reveals strong correlations between quality music education in school and academic achievement. Not only that, music keeps students engaged in school and less likely to drop out. These are just a few of the reasons the Santa Barbara Education Foundation believes so strongly in preserving music education in the schools.

In 2003, devastating budget cuts threatened the elementary instrumental music program. Thanks to the response from local and regional funders, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation was able to raise over $500,000 to keep music education in Santa Barbara’s public schools.

Today all K-6 students are receiving one 30-45 minute lesson each week with a credentialed music teacher with curriculum that aligns with the California Standards for Visual and Performing Arts.

Today our Santa Barbara public school children receive:

  • K-2: Orff based instruction in music, singing, rhythm, and movement.
  • 3rd grade: Recorder
  • 4th grade: Violin
  • 5th grade: Instrument of choice. Students may continue on violin, switch to another string instrument, or begin on a band instrument.
  • 6th grade: Students will continue to play the instrument they chose in 5th grade.

             

With support from the City of Santa Barbara.

LATEST NEWS

Read about how Keep the Beat is making an impact in our community.

Santa Barbara Education Foundation and 99.9 KTYD continue to Keep the Beat for Local Students

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Since 2003, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation has kept the beat for school music programs by raising funds to pay for instruction and collecting instruments. The efforts have ensured that…

Keep the Beat Instrument Drive Brings in Over 140 Instruments for School Music Programs

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Over 140 donated instruments from the Keep the Beat Instrument Drive fill the SBEF office. Last month, 99.9 KTYD dedicated all of February to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Keep…

SBEF and 99.9 KTYD continue to Keep the Beat for Local Students

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Since 2003, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation has kept the beat for school music programs by raising funds to pay for instruction and collecting instruments. The efforts have ensured that…

Local Music Teachers Kick Off the School Year with Instruments and a $16,000 Gift from SBEF

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The ringing of school bells isn't the only sound that reminds us that Santa Barbara schools are back in session. The sound of violins, mostly played in unison, echoing through…