The sound of music just got a little sweeter at Crestview Elementary School.

Last fall the school was awarded a $580 grant by the Texas Music Educators Association, a group that awarded nearly $500,000 in grant funding to elementary music programs across the state, to purchase desk bells, a chromaharp and DVD instructional videos by Bradley Bonner.

The new equipment is being used by Crestview’s first, second and third graders — a total of about 580 students.

“It’s incredible to have the opportunity to support these most valuable educators who offer all elementary music students the foundation for excellence in music education, a sense of belonging, and a positive and safe environment to express themselves,” said TMEA President Joe Weir.

Through TMEA grants, more than 600 elementary music programs purchased new instruments, music, technology and other educational supplies since they were distributed in October.

Crestview Music Teacher Alice Day decided to apply for the grant after learning of it through a TEMA convention last year. According to Day, this is the first time she has ever applied for a grant from TEMA.

“I wanted to have this grant because our small community is asked to foot the bill for everything, and you keep asking the same people for money for everything,” she said, adding that the new equipment has been frequently used by students.

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