Colorado Public Radio is partnering with Bringing Music to Life to help share the power of music with children and promote music education throughout Colorado during the 2016 Instrument Drive.

March 14 - 26:
Bringing Music to Life Instrument Drive

Bringing Music to Life will collect instruments from 17 donation locations throughout the Denver Metro area and along the Front Range. These instruments will be refurbished and distributed to qualifying schools and music programs around the state to support the next generation of Colorado musicians.

Visit bringmusic.org to learn more about this community event and other ways to get involved.

A vibrant music community starts with music education

Music makes a difference. Early exposure to music education and appreciation yields lifelong benefits that can enrich our communities. Read what members of the Colorado music community are saying about the impact of music education:

“Music is one of the most important things in the world. It has the ability to communicate thoughts and feelings way beyond what words can communicate. One of the things that I have always loved about music is that it can appeal both to the intellect and the emotional side of human beings, and what can be greater than that, appealing to everything that has to do with our existence.”

- William Hill, principal timpanist with the Colorado Symphony and music director of the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra

“Music is intergenerational. I see it bringing people together to have a common experience. It brings families together. Without music programs and K-8 music education, the quality of music would not be particularly high and the interest level of the entire community would dip.”

- Caroline McCaskey, program director of City Strings

“Everybody should have access to an instrument, regardless of the country or your background or whatever. It should not depend on the economy of your family, or your socioeconomic status. It should be something of a second nature that people should just embrace.”

- Andres Lopera, assistant conductor of the Colorado Symphony

Read these stories about the power of music education

    ● The Bringing Music to Life Instrument Drive gives the gift of music to Denver students

    ● Donated instruments make Colorado teacher's music program more effective

    ● Donated instrument fuels Colorado high schooler's dreams

    ● Longmont teacher's film highlights the intangibles of music education

    ● Bringing Music to Life founder believes free instruments keep kids motivated

    ● Why the bond between musicians and their instruments is so powerful

    ● Denver student Dominic Ellerbee finds solace in guitar after homelessness

The history of the Instrument Drive

CPR launched the Instrument Drive in 2009 to promote music education and appreciation throughout the Colorado community. That first year, CPR listeners and supporters donated more than 120 instruments.

Since then, the event has grown exponentially and now operates as its own non-profit organization, Bringing Music to Life. To date, thousands of instruments have gone to more than 100 Colorado schools and music programs. CPR continues to support the Instrument Drive and promote music education for Colorado students as a promotional partner of Bringing Music to Life.

Watch this video to find out more about the Instrument Drive.

Watch this video to hear more from Colorado music teachers on the importance of music education.