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DPS collecting musical instruments to revive music education

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Dayton Public Schools is looking for your old musical instruments. DPS, Discover Classical 88.1 and 89.9 FM stations, Grismer Tire and Auto, the Dayton Public Schools Foundation and the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteers Association are collaborating for a musical instrument drive.

"One of the best things we can do is inspire that next generation of music lovers," said Shaun Yu, the president and CEO of Dayton Public Radio. "The best way to deepen that love of music is to actually make it."

The groups are collecting new and used instruments in all conditions at Miami Valley Grismer Tire and Auto locations until July 31st.

Yu explained the donated instruments in good enough condition will go directly to students in the DPS music programs. Salvageable instruments will receive a tune-up before they go to the schools and unplayable donations will go to art programs for other uses.

"The best thing an instrument can do is be played," said Yu. "It's far better to have an instrument go into the hands of a young person studying music than it is to have it gathering dust in a closet."

Over the past three years since Discover Classical's involvement, Yu said the drive has collected close to 300 instruments. This year, the groups are hoping to collect a record number in order to support the district's revival of music programs in schools.

Justen Seay, the academic coordinator for fine and performing arts at Dayton Public Schools, said the drive helps students who might not otherwise be able to partake in music education.

"I know of several students who struggled to get their instrument, but because of the drive they were able to get their instrument and participate and take part in everything our music programs have to offer," Seay said.

He added the participation bolsters school performance.

"It really helps the students with their self-confidence," he said. "It creates a culture of excellence within the school buildings, it gets parents involved and all of those things are huge parts of ensuring we have strong student outcomes in every area."

To learn more about the It's Instrumental initiative, click here.

To find a Grismer Tire and Auto dropoff location near you, go here.


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