Music Instrument Drive Continues
Last year, MAC Foundation pledged to help purchase new instruments and equipment for the Music Department. Thanks to the annual “Tee Off for MAC” Foundation golf tournament, over $17,000 was raised towards the $90,000 goal. While this first step was vital in the early stages of the project, additional help is still needed.
During the past five years, MAC has experienced the greatest number of music majors–more than any other time in MAC history. Because the Music Department is experiencing increased enrollment, expanded course offerings and music performances, and new faculty, the department needs additional equipment. Each semester, about 120 to 130 students enroll in music classes. So, the Music Instrument Drive is critical to students’ education.
Approximately 40 students declare music as their major and plan to continue their scholastic goals. Whether their interest is vocal or instrumental, contemporary, classical or jazz, students achieve a repertoire of experiences to hone their skills and prepare for possible careers in recording, performance or teaching.
The Music Department’s reputation is exploding in the local high schools as well as with four-year institutions. High school students are eager to become part of a larger music experience. Music students are challenged to achieve excellence for which they earn numerous honors, and are recruited by four-year schools to fill positions in their music programs.
Community members and high school students are encouraged to join the community-based music groups that serve various talents, from the experienced musician to the interested, music-loving amateur.
With an increase in students comes an increased responsibility to serve them well. “That’s how MAC alumni and friends come into play,” says Kevin Thurman, Assistant to the President. “The project is off to a great start, but much work is yet to be done. If everyone would donate to this project, we could achieve the funding to purchase new instruments that will serve the students for years to come. Your commitment will have a direct impact on our students.”
Learn how you can help by visiting www.MineralArea.edu/Foundation or calling (573) 518-2261.