Also see: Selby and Blues on the Move BLUES IN THE SCHOOLS tab
BOTTOM OF PAGE: a Great VIDEO – 8 min – of Blues in Schools with Selby and D.C. (created by the International Blues Foundation from Memphis) during a Guthrie Alt Ed Residency (funded by the OK Arts Council.)
Lots of work with JAM BAND at the Blues Club, visiting schools – ARTIST RESIDENCIES and the ongoing classes at the libraries – most notable in Checotah from January until May free on Thursdays after school.
Also bass, guitar and piano lessons available at the blues Club in Rentiesville.
PLUG IN . . . TUNE UP . . . PLAY!
call Selby (918) 855-0978 for details.
www.arts.ok.gov artist rosters: Selby Minner
WHY BLUES IN THE SCHOOLS:
the Blues Foundation on the Blues in the Schools – BITS- w D.C .and Selby:
My goal in getting music to the kids was very simple, and I could not have accomplished this without the help of Selby Minner. Her experience in putting music within the reach of young and old was pivotal in reaching my goal.
My kids began taking guitar lessons from Selby at the library in Muskogee in the spring of 2010. As anyone who has teens at home knows, when they are bored, a disagreement is just around the corner. The thing that became apparent to me shortly after my kids started lessons was, when they became bored, they still argued, but sometimes they played music together. This became more and more frequent, to my delight!
As my son and daughter began to discover self-expression through music, I began to as well. We began writing songs together and playing music as a family, which has brought us closer, in more ways than I can begin to explain. This is what I wanted to share with others.
I began telling everyone that would listen about the free lessons. Then, without warning, the funding was pulled for “Plug In, Tune Up and Play.” And like a lot of people, I didn’t do anything at first. Then I told Selby that I’d try to raise the money myself. As someone who had never in their life tried to do anything like this, I had no clue. I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to do this. I thought about the kids, the loss of income for Selby, and the loss of a great program, and I realized there was only one thing to do, and that was to move forward with securing funding for the program.
I jumped into the unknown. With Selby’s guidance and my optimism, in a town of 700 people, I raised enough money the first day of my efforts to pay for two months of lessons. Over the next week, I raised enough money to provide three additional weeks of lessons. As well as the monetary donations, two guitars were donated which were placed with kids that didn’t have their own.
I have never felt that I understood what it meant to do for others like I do now. I have Selby Minner and her vision to thank for this. Selby has touched many lives, as she has touched my family’s. I will continue to help her keep the dream alive. I hope any potential sponsors will do the same.