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GSC Music Department Receives New Guitars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2013

For more information:
Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462- 6390
Bob.Edwards@glenville.edu

Glenville, WV—Thanks to a grant from the Fender Music Foundation, the Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts now has more instruments to enhance musical enrichment for students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

GSC Director of Bluegrass Music Megan Darby (GSC ’11) has been awarded a grant from the Fender Music Foundation that has provided nine new Fender acoustic guitars to the GSC Music Department. Darby wrote the grant as a project for a grant writing class she is taking at Marshall University where she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. Her goal was to find a grant that she could write that would have a positive impact on the GSC Bluegrass program. The grant from the Fender Music Foundation was a perfect match and has provided well over $3,000 worth of guitars to GSC.

GSC Bluegrass Music Program Director Megan Darby (left), GSC junior Music major Sara Rollins of Smithville (Ritchie County), West Virginia, and GSC Associate Professor of Music John McKinney show off some of the new guitars.

GSC Bluegrass Music Program Director Megan Darby (left), GSC junior Music major Sara Rollins of Smithville (Ritchie County), West Virginia, and GSC Associate Professor of Music John McKinney show off some of the new guitars.

“With tight budgets across the board-the special grant from the Fender Guitar Company has guaranteed to give excellent quality and support to the students at Glenville State College. In addition, it offers staff and faculty the opportunity to teach not only our music students but others outside of the college too. It’s exciting and motivating that such a well-respected guitar company is supporting our unique bluegrass degree, college as a whole, and the community around us,” said Darby.

The Fender Music Foundation, founded in 2005, is a music charity funded by people who want to change the state of music education, believe music is an integral part of society, and want to make music more accessible to everyone. Grants are awarded to programs that are in need of funds, ongoing, sustainable, and give more people the opportunity to make music.

The grant has provided GSC with: six full-bodied guitars with strings, stands, tuners, picks, and cases as well as one twelve-string guitar, one dobro, and one left-handed acoustic guitar.

The instruments will be used by GSC students within the music department and for guitar lessons for the general student population, and members of the community.

“We are very appreciative of the hard work and efforts of Megan Darby to seek out this grant and to have it awarded to our department. These instruments will be a major resource for our bluegrass musicians and for our methods classes. These instruments will help in the process of some much needed curriculum changes and education improvements at GSC,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Fine Arts Department Chair Lloyd Bone.

Darby’s grant from the Fender Music Foundation has the potential to be renewed for the 2013-2014 academic year which would provide other stringed instruments to GSC.

To learn more about the GSC Bluegrass Program or Music Department, visit www.glenville.edu or call (304) 462-6340.

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