My project will install an outdoor instrument at Bernel Road Park. This park has been voted the “Best of State College” playground and serves many families in Centre County. The instrument will allow children and other members of our community the opportunity to gain the benefits of music in a free, easily accessible, and fun environment. The instrument is specially designed for outdoor public use, is tuned to a scale, and has appropriate sound quality. It does not require retuning and only minimal cleaning, similar to other playground equipment. The shape of this particular instrument also mimics the wings of an airplane and will complement the airport design of the park. In addition, there will be an informational sign and website that will inform families of the benefits of music and provide instructions for playing the instrument. Studies have shown that playing music improves academic performance, develops creative problem-solving skills, improves spatial reasoning, improves memory, reduces stress and anxiety, reduces substance use, and enhances a child’s sense of responsibility. I look forward to providing this opportunity to our community. To initiate this project, I wrote a proposal, submitted it to Patton Township, and received approval. I am now in the fundraising stage of the project. I am funding this project through community donations.
Funded by State College, PA (April 2021)