Educational Outreach Grants
The American Recorder Society has established the ARS Educational Outreach Grant to support recorder education. Funds are made possible by generous donations from ARS members, from the Recorder Teachers fund, as well as donations in memory of Jennifer Barron Southcott, Sondra Thompson, and Cynthia Campbell.
The ARS Scholarships and Grants Committee is pleased to announce the following EOG awards for 2018-19. Congratulations to the recipients!
- Jennifer Anderson, $235 to help with US Copyright fees of her method books for seniors, entitled An Introduction to Playing the Recorder and A Continuing Course in Playing the Recorder. The books employ simple classical music excerpts designed to showcase the recorder as a serious instrument rather than using children’s tunes, which tend to cement the idea that it is a toy for kids.
- S’Cool Sounds, $500 to bring music education into inner-city schools in New York City. The emphasis will be on cross-cultural training within an ensemble setting.
- Sarah Willner, $500 for Oakland Unified School District, for an elementary and middle school recorder education program. The district currently has a music budget of $0, so the grant funds were sorely needed to provide recorders for students.
Any person involved in teaching recorder may apply for a grant. This includes music teachers in elementary and secondary schools; faculty of colleges, universities and conservatories; and teachers and professionals who give private recorder lessons and/or coach recorder ensembles in music schools, home studios, or other locations.
Requests for grants that might fall under the scope of the Educational Outreach Grant include, but are not limited to:
- Funding for a program involving the recorder;
- Funding for K-12 teachers and educators to attend recorder workshops;
- Funding to support bringing in recorder ensembles to schools for presentations/concerts;
- Funding for the purchase of recorders for schools interested in starting a recorder ensemble;
- Funding for educational materials.
Your application will be reviewed by the ARS Scholarships and Grants Committee. Preference will be given to first-time applicants.
Deadline: Applications are accepted from May 1 – June 15 every year (for funds to be used during the school year beginning in the fall of the same calendar year as the application).
The first Educational Outreach Grant was awarded to Ft. Worth Independent School District (FWISD) through the efforts of Peggy Turner, FWISD music teacher and professional recorder and flute player along with current ARS Board member Alice Derbyshire. Both are members of Rio Brazos Ensemble in Ft. Worth, TX.
This award supported the Second Annual Super Recorder Saturday, a one day workshop for fourth and fifth graders. The event promoted recorder education for young students and supported the school’s existing curricula and it was free for students.
Other recent awards have supported recorder ensembles in New York City and Shaker Heights, Ohio, and the participation of 3rd graders in a performance with the St. Louis symphony.
Apply using the Online Educational Outreach Grant Application Form
Download ARS Educational Outreach Grant Application in Microsoft .doc format
Download ARS Educational Outreach Grant Application in Acrobat .pdf format
These Application Forms can be filled in on-line, saved, and emailed as an attachment to the email address indicated, or printed out and mailed by regular mail.