The Sheldon And Starbucks Team Up For Instrument Drive

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – The Sheldon and Starbucks are making sure some musical instruments wind up in the hands of area school children.  Patrick Clark introduces us to a woman who has "snared" more instruments than she expected.

Chris Peimann is pleased that she has to make more room on these shelves.

We have violins, clarinets, acoustic guitars, flutes, trumpets.  We get a lot of brass instruments which local school children definitely need.

It's noteworthy that the Sheldon, celebrating 100 years has collected more than 100 instruments through their music for lifelong achievement program.

Do you ever take any musical instruments out and play with them?  I wish I could.  A lot of time we have a lot of great musicians on staff and they're our testers.  They can kind of determine the quality of the instruments and what kind of work needs to be done to it.

The instruments are refurbished or repaired and re-gifted to local schools and music programs.
St. Louisians dropped off everything from coronets to kazoo's at area Starbucks locations.

A lot of times its people who took an instrument lesson as a kid and it didn't take or just kind of out grown the instrument that they have.

And you can still donate on December 9th when the preservation hall jazz band performs at the Sheldon.

It's a donation that can make a difference.

Any child whether they're going to be a professional musician or not can benefit from learning an instrument and appreciating music.  Studies have shown that that is one of the most important things for our cognitive learning.  No matter what the child ends up doing in life, that music appreciation and ability will benefit them no matter what they do.

And having that musical background will help you not fret when you have those major and minor developments in life.

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