Practicing Musician’s free online curriculum for band and orchestra programs also supports music programs nationwide

August 21, 2021 

Practicing Musician, the leading free online curriculum for K-12 band and orchestra programs, announced another critical program to help K-12 music programs: the Equity in Education Rental Fundraiser. About 1,000,000 students rent instruments each school year. Now, students can rent via the Rental Fundraiser, and their music program earns an average of $6300 or more a year in cash grants for every 100 students who participate. 

Practicing Musician has partnered with the top nationwide online rental program, NEMC, and donates its profits to the non-profit Give a Note Foundation, which provides cash grants to the participating schools. The rental instruments are high-quality new or like-new, at low prices, and the online rental selection is easy with free shipping, returns, and repairs.

Music teachers embrace the Rental Fundraiser because it is a win-win: their students get the same or better quality rental instruments at great prices, and a portion of the rental fees is granted to them to help fund their program. 

“Every music teacher I know would like more funding to increase access to music education for every student, but many lack time to run candy sales or other traditional fundraisers,” states Jake Douglass, CEO and founder of Practicing Musician. “We are proud to offer this easy way to turn the annual process of families renting instruments for their students into a key fundraiser.”

How the Rental Fundraiser works:

  • Teachers register and then share information about the rental program with parents.
  • Parents rent high-quality new or like-new instruments from NEMC.
  • NEMC provides instruments with free shipping and returns.
  • Practicing Musician donates $4+ per instrument per month to Give a Note Foundation, which grants it to the school’s music program.

“We are delighted to work with Practicing Musician in this fundraiser, which supports our mission to strengthen music education opportunities for all students,” declares Beth Slusher, CEO of Give a Note Foundation.

Go to to get started.

Practicing Musician’s primary offering is its online curriculum for K-12 band and orchestra programs, which is also offered to schools 100% for free. With more than 3500 video lessons, sheet music, assessments, and practice logs for personalizing instruction for 16 instruments, music teachers can flip their classrooms, improve education, teach for mastery, and save time by assigning lessons online. The curriculum supports teachers whether the class is in-person, remote, or hybrid. 

“The Practicing Musician lessons were what my small, rural school district needed for our music program to survive remote learning,” says Valerie Coolidge, Jr/Sr High Music Director in Oroville, WA. “The worksheets and the videos saved me so much time that I could use to focus individually on my students. And the fundraiser is a bonus!”

“Thanks to Practicing Musician, my students are leaps and bounds ahead of where they normally are at this time in the year!” says Mary Ellen Hodges, Music Teacher in Burlington-Edison, Washington.

Go to to sign up for a free Practicing Musician account for your classroom.

Go to for free Professional Development to support you in flipping your classroom, working with online technology like Practicing Musician, and more.

About Practicing Musician
Practicing Musician,, is the leading free online curriculum for K-12 band and orchestra programs. Designed and endorsed by hundreds of expert music educators, the Practicing Musician learning management system supports teachers in providing effective and personalized music instruction to each student across 16 instruments. Teachers can flip their classroom and quickly assign homework and track progress with 3500+ video lessons, sheet music, assessments, and progress logs. In addition, Practicing Musician offers teachers free professional development training. Practicing Musician also provides easy fundraising tools via a nationwide rental instrument program. Every student rental earns significant cash grants for the music program to help create equitable access for all. Practicing Musician is a social purpose corporation headquartered in Shoreline, Washington.

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About Give A Note Foundation
GIVE A NOTE Foundation (GAN) 501(c)(3) provides support to nurture, grow and strengthen music education opportunities – every student, every school, every community. Founded in 2011 with an initial investment from 21st Century Fox and TV show GLEE, and in cooperation with valued partners, including CMA Foundation, Radio Disney, and National Association for Music Education, GIVE A NOTE has awarded grants in excess of $1.4 Million in support of music education.

GAN’s annual Music Education Innovator Award (MEIA) recognizes teachers who have developed creative, effective in-classroom programs and provides ongoing support to encourage lasting change within a school or district. Ninety-five percent of MEIA grants serve students from underfunded metropolitan and rural K-12 public school districts where funding for music education is deficient. Nationally recognized by music educators as an organization that passionately champions their life’s work, GIVE A NOTE delivers opportunities for students to become their best selves through learning and creating music. #MusicEdMatters