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I am writing a book about my experiences in teaching piano at a local after school program. The story takes place in a public elementary school with a diverse population including poor and middle class children. Most of the children who enrolled in my piano class were poor, but very talented.

The book will highlight my method of practice and will detail the amazing progress of the students with whom I worked.  Readers will learn how this experience with music changed even the troublesome ones. Parents and educators will gain a better idea of how important music is to the development of their children and how it will help them in their school work.  Christopher Johnson of the University of Kansas “revealed that students in elementary schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs regardless of socioeconomic disparities…..”

The personalities of each of the children  were crucial to their performance while learning how to play the piano.  They were free to express themselves in the class, which led to the discovery of other talents.  This discovery, and the looks on the children's faces as they played the songs, led the author to believe that her music school should offer more opportunities for the students, including adults, to use their other talents. Accordingly, I plan to purchase a building for a new music school including drama and choral singing,with the proceeds of the sale of this book.

I am hoping to demonstrate to parents that while the emphasis in the schools is on academics and scoring well on standardized tests, music will help children achieve that end as well.  The book will also encourage adults who have never had a chance to develop their own talent.   E. Paul Torrance, a creative researcher, has said, “One of the most powerful wellsprings of creative energy, outstanding accomplishment, and self-fulfillment seems to be falling in love with something— your dream, your image of the future.”  

The music school will include classes in music theory and composition, voice, drama,  film, creative writing, dance, costume design, and art, since the students will be involved in giving recitals and performances for the local community.  Costumes and set designs will be created by the students.

Plans will include an on-line music school for those who wish to pursue their studies on-line.

I have 50 of 100 pages written so far and plan to have the book written by March 2014.  I am asking for the funding to pay for the publishing of this book.  I plan to self-publish the book and have spoken to several publishers.  I have agreed on a publisher and will send the down- payment of $200 as soon as I raise the money.  It will take approximately three months to publish the book, and then I will begin an aggressive marketing plan and give rewards.  The book should be ready for distribution by June 2015.

Excerpt

Here is an excerpt from the book:

"Arriving at Andy and Richard’s keyboard, she noticed that Andy was trying to play a song that he had composed. Richard was getting aggravated because Andy insisted on playing the song with the whole keyboard instead of his assigned section.

“Andy, we are all working on “Skip to my Lou,” said Mrs. Knight, softly. “You are supposed to be sharing the keyboard. This is your section and this is Richard’s section. Please try the song.”

Richard picked up his song sheet and proceeded to play the song, trying to stay focused on playing the correct notes. Andy played the song once through and was looking for another song to play. After a few minutes of playing, Mrs. Knight invited each student to play the song for the class.

The children played slowly, trying to ensure that they had played the song correctly. Mrs. Knight was pleased, as each child was able to find the correct notes on the piano. She invited them to sing the song as they played, but most could not play and sing at the same time.

There were ten minutes left in the class and it was time to clean up. Mrs. Kinght asked everyone to turn off the piano and she would come around to unplug it. The children jumped up from their seats after turning off the keyboard and waited for her to unplug the keyboard.

Kayla and Shevonne hooked elbows and swung each other around singing. “Skip, skip, skip to my Lou!” Eric sat quietly at his keyboard. Mrs. Knight asked what was wrong and he answered, “I don’t want to play the piano.”  

In conclusion, I am looking forward to seeing this book in print and will work very hard to adhere to the timeline which I have developed.

Risks and challenges

The challenges in completing this project is that I must complete the book writing by March 31, 2014. It takes three months to publish the book after it has been submitted. I have an artist who will do the illustrations. There may be a delay if the artist needs more time to complete the project. I will keep the backers updated on my progress.

I will also be working on producing a music CD. Currently, I am assembling a song book for beginning students, which should be published shortly.

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