LILA Recieves music grant; Educators introduce ukuleles into curriculum

Community Editor

Lakes International Language Academy recently received a grant to purchase a classroom set of ukuleles as part of a “Music for Well-Being” project for the lower school’s grades K to 5 at the main campus in Forest Lake. The LILA music department chose to request funding for ukuleles because the ukulele is small and easy to hold, and with just four soft strings, it is often easier than other stringed instruments for young students to play.

“Ukuleles are accessible for students with difficulty holding instruments and students who struggle with attention, focus, or learning in general,” LILA music instructor Carlos Pilan said in a press release. “Research shows that music engages the entire brain, especially when the person is actively involved in making the music through singing or playing an instrument. We think ukuleles will be a fantastic addition to our program for everyone.”

This is the third grant the school has received from Target, which has distributed 5 percent of its profits since 1946 to nonprofit organizations.

“We cherish each of our students,” LILA choir instructor Jody Eggen said in a press release. “We’re grateful to Target for supporting our efforts to ensure everyone can participate in our music classes regardless of physical or cognitive challenges.”