ROSELLE, NJ - Students at the Leonard V. Moore Middle School will soon receive updated music technology as part of a $2,500 grant awarded by the Mockingbird Foundation. 

L. V. Moore was one of 20 successful music programs selected in 12 states to receive this grant that enhances music education. The grants totaled more than $140,000.

The technology updates will include software and MIDI instruments, such as electronic keyboards, that will allow students to compose music. The keyboards mimic the sound of any instrument; students can compose anything from short melodies to full symphonies. 

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“These keyboards will be one of the best ways our students can learn to compose because the music software can generate the sound of any instrument,” said Amanda Harrison,

Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts. “Now the students will be able to hear it, touch it, feel it and take their skills to a whole new level. We are very excited.”

Students at the middle school study music foundation and theory while learning to compose through an online composing tool. This new technology will help them to understand music even further.

This grant is the latest in the evolution of the district’s Visual and Performing Arts program which has been expanded this year to include a string orchestra, a competition marching band and a recent, well-received performance at a New Jersey Devils game in Newark.

“We have a significant number of talented students in our district. This grant will help some of our younger students explore their passion to ultimately strengthen their skills,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. James Baker. “I cannot wait to hear the wonderful music our students compose with this updated technology. We are very pleased and appreciative for this grant.”

The Mockingbird Foundation is an all-volunteer nonprofit founded and run by Phish fans that focuses on music education for students. The grants were supplemented by funds from Phish’s own WaterWheel Foundation, the Kristy Anastasio Manning Memorial Fund and through direct contributions from Phish fans.