'Glee' Encourages Its Fans to 'Give a Note'

With music programs almost constantly under scrutiny when there are looming budget cuts, the hit FOX show 'Glee' is joining the efforts to keep the arts alive in schools across the country. Through the 'Give a Note' contest, 73 schools will receive much-needed help to fund their music programs.

By Jessica Lyons

'Give a Note' Contest

Students have the chance to really try to help their school music programs through the 'Give a Note' contest. To enter, students had to create videos about two minutes in length, which were then submitted by their principals, that showed why their school deserves to win. Approved videos will be posted online so that people can vote for their favorites to help select a winner. Voting started on October 11 and will take place through November 7.

In total, $1 million will be awarded to 73 different schools in the U.S. There will be three $50,000 prizes, ten $25,000 prizes and 60 $10,000 prizes.

Foundation Support

The mission of the Give a Note Foundation is 'to expand and increase music education opportunities for all children - especially those in underserved areas.' The organization works with a variety of individuals to accomplish this goal, including lawmakers, teachers, students, musicians and interested members of the community. In addition to raising money to go toward related research and activities, the foundation also provides support to music education programs and educators.

The Importance of Music in Schools

While music programs frequently find themselves on the chopping blocks, many note that these programs have positive impacts on students. In a 2009 press release, Dr. John Mahlmann, Executive Director of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, said, 'Research shows that music education at an early age is strongly associated with the likelihood that a child will graduate from high school, seek higher education and ultimately earn a higher salary.'

A report released by Harris Interactive Poll in 2007 found that, of individuals who made more than $150,000 annually, 83% had taken part in a music program as part of their education. A 2006 Harris Poll showed that schools with music programs had a 93.3% attendance rate while those without had an 84.9% attendance rate. In addition, there was a 90.2% graduate rate in schools that had music programs compared to a 72.9% graduate rate in schools where music programs were not present.

How You Can Help

Even if you missed the deadline to submit a video for the 'Give a Note' contest, there are still things you can do to help in the fight to keep music in schools. First of all, you can visit the 'Glee Give a Note' website to show your support for music programs by voting for your favorite entry.

Another thing you can do is go to the Give a Note Foundation's website to learn about how you can become an advocate for keeping music in schools. This could include finding out what is happening to music education programs in your particular state and getting tips for arguing in favor of protecting to them. You can also donate to the organization through its website.

Along with being an important part of your education, music might be able to help you while you study.

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