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Idaho Falls Native Launches Pianos for Schools Foundation

By Spencer Dean

Published online: Jan 09, 2024 Education And Arts
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Michelle Willis, a passionate advocate for music education and native of Idaho Falls, has founded Pianos for Schools, a charitable foundation dedicated to ensuring that East Idaho students and schools have access to the transformative power of pianos and music education.

In the wake of budget cuts affecting music education in schools nationwide, Willis recognized the critical need to bridge the gap and provide underserved students and communities with the invaluable benefits of music in the classroom. Pianos for Schools aims to empower students by fostering creativity, discipline and cognitive development through the provision of pianos and support for music programs. The foundation donates new and used pianos and other equipment to schools in need.

Statistics underscore the importance of music education in academic and personal development. Numerous studies show that students engaged in music programs perform better academically, exhibit enhanced cognitive skills, and develop improved social and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, underserved students and communities are disproportionately affected when schools face budget constraints, leading to a reduction or elimination of music education programs.

Willis, a seasoned musician and philanthropist, believes that access to musical instruments, particularly pianos, is a cornerstone in nurturing a lifelong appreciation for music. Music has the power to inspire, educate and uplift, Willis stated. Through the Pianos for Schools Foundation, we aim to provide the tools and resources necessary for students to embark on a musical journey, regardless of their socio-economic background.

Pianos for Schools seeks to collaborate with schools, educators and communities to identify areas where the need is greatest. The foundation will work towards supplying pianos to schools facing budget challenges, ensuring that music education remains an integral part of the academic curriculum.

According to the National Association for Music Education, students involved in music programs are more likely to attend college and exhibit improved reading and math skills. Despite these proven benefits, music education remains underfunded and overlooked in many educational institutions.

We are on a mission to change that, Willis affirmed. Every student deserves the opportunity to explore the world of music and experience the profound impact it can have on their lives. Pianos for Schools is committed to making this vision a reality.

For more information about Pianos for Schools and to get involved, please visit www.PianosForSchools.org or contact Michelle Willis at info@pianosforschools.org.

Pianos for Schools Foundation

5455 Veil Drive

Ammon, Idaho


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