Bach to School: WFMT’s School Music Donation Program

Why the Program Exists

WFMT’s Bach to School Music Donation Program brings complete audio sets of classical music by legendary composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart to school libraries and classrooms across the Chicagoland area and beyond.

These donations are made possible through the generosity of WFMT Encore Society members during WFMT’s Membership Drives each year in April and November. During membership drives Encore Society members who make a donation to the station can waive their personal thank you gift and instead, elect to send the gift of music to a school through the Bach to School Music Donation Program.

Interested in being a recipient school? Apply online today!

Interested in being a Bach to School donor? Donate online today!

How the Program Works for WFMT Members During Membership Drives

98.7WFMT is a listener supported classical and folk radio station.

Through our on-air membership drives listeners who choose to donate at the Encore Society level, can waive their gift and choose to send the gift of music to a school that has applied to the Bach to School Music Donation Program. For each donation made, a local school will receive an audio set of classical music designated by the donor, including sets of complete works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and beyond.

WFMT fulfills all gifts in the order that schools apply to the program.

Following the drive, WFMT notifies both donors and schools as to which collections are being sent.

How the Program Works for Schools

Between membership drives, WFMT sends out a call to action to schools and school districts asking them to spread the word and raise awareness about WFMT’s Bach to School Music Donation Program. Schools are encouraged to apply to receive musical collections after filling out a brief application. All schools are eligible, even those who have already participated in the program.

Interested in being a recipient school? Apply online today!

The success of the program — numbers and statistics

Since November 2010, more than 415 sets of music have been sent to more than 275 Chicago area schools, enhancing their music libraries and classrooms while exposing thousands of students to the works of great composers like Bach, Beethoven and Mozart.

Collections are sent out to each applicant school in the order in which their application is received.

Schools are encouraged to re-apply after their first donation – many partner schools have applied more than once, further enhancing their music library and their student’s musical education.

Teacher note

Teacher feedback from appreciative recipient schools

  • “On behalf of the board of education, staff and students of Benjamin School District 25, thank you for donating the Mozart set through the Bach to School program. We are excited to incorporate this classical music into our middle school music curriculum. Students studying musical historical time periods and composers will be able to hear the vast amount of music produced by this composer. We greatly appreciate the efforts of WFMT in providing additional resources for our students.”Philip Ehrhardt, Superintendent of West Chicago, School District 25

  • “I want to thank you for the donation of Mozart CDs to our school. Our music teacher has already started using the music in her classroom. I appreciate your kindness and generosity.”Mr. J. Long, Principal at Southside Occupational Academy in Chicago

  • “I want to thank you for the Beethoven Complete Works CD set. We are thrilled to have such a wonderful resource to use with our students. Because all of our students have disabilities, music has a very important place in our curriculum. Beethoven is a perfect example of how much can be achieved despite the need to do things differently and we look forward to exploring his world and work with our students.”Ms. P. Foerster, Librarian at Vaughn Occupational High School in Chicago

  • “The Bach Edition gift was received and was so much appreciated as you can see by the enclosed photos. What the photos do not show is the jumping up and down by one of the students upon open¬ing the box. While he reads at the pre-k level, he is able to identify the composer of any classical music selection after hearing the first few notes. Many thanks to you and to the anonymous WFMT Encore Society member who donated the collection. It has been used every day since we received it.”Ms. A. Zayed, Special Education teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Chicago

  • “I want to thank you and WFMT for the great musical collection that was sent last week. We received the Complete Works of Mozart this past Monday and started listening to the recordings on Tuesday. As you may have guessed, a great deal of excitement was going on through the halls (and beyond) at the school since we were eagerly awaiting the recording’s arrival. This was a gift of a lifetime for our small school.”Mr. K. Bruhn, Music teacher at St. John’s Lutheran School in Lombard

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