PATERSON, NJ  – Things are about to get a bit more musical at three Paterson elementary schools thanks to donations from the Save the Music Foundation, Superintendent Eileen Shafer announced.

In partnership with Sound Start: A Sound United Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the PNC Foundation, students at Public School No. 3, Public School No. 12, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Complex will access to:


  • A digital piano and acoustic guitar for the music teacher

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  • A classroom set of 16 Orff instruments

  • 100 recorders

  • World drums (tubano and djembe)

  • 30 ukuleles and gig bags

  • Class set of boomwhackers

  • Class set of hand held percussion and hand drums

  • Associated curriculum materials


Each package is valued at $23,469, according to a statement released by Shafer.

“We greatly appreciate the continuing support of the Save the Music Foundation and their partners for our elementary school music programs,” Shafer said. “The district holds music education in high priority, and it is extremely helpful to have these resources available in the schools where we have dedicated music educators at work.”

The Save the Music Foundation considered several elements in deciding to make the donation, Senior Director of Programs and Policy for Save the Music Foundation, Chiho Feindler, said. Included in these, she added, is the high priority Shafer has placed on music education. 

“We are thrilled to deliver three more grants with support with Sound Start: A Sound United Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, PNC Foundation, to Paterson Public Schools so that more students have opportunities to make music at school,” Feindler said.

In December Public Schools No. 16 and 24 received donations from Save the Music Foundation

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