Caught on video: nation’s first public school partnership with Notes for Notes

Music transcends. 

It always has. 

From Simone to Presley, Sinatra to Kamakawiwoʻole, music bridges the gap between cultures, languages and eras. It’s a touchstone from which connection grows, a timeless beat to which generations have danced and a language in which previously overlooked voices can be heard.

Guilford County Schools knows this, and, thanks to a partnership with California-based nonprofit Notes for Notes, now their students get to live it — something we captured for students and families using the powerful medium of video storytelling.  

Notes for Notes’ mission is to provide free access to instruments, music instruction and professional-grade recording studios to youth. The program enables not only practical talent, but social, emotional and creative growth. 

With a national advisory board featuring Slash, Tina Guo, Kenny Loggins, Brendon Urie, Gayle, Peter Frampton, Jack Johnson and David Crosby among others, Notes for Notes runs with the backing of music industry legends. What started as an opportunity offered in a handful of Boys and Girls Clubs and youth facilities, has since found its way into the lives of 8,500 students across 11 states. 

Now, in partnership with GCS, Notes for Notes has begun to make its way into public schools, with GSC being the first public district in the nation to offer this program, furthering their commitment of offering outstanding educational choices to students. 

After all, GCS doesn’t just want to see their students graduate. They want to foster their ability to flourish — something we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing time and time again as we partner with the district to tell their story. With 48 Choice schools and 66 programs ranging from visual and performing arts programs to Spanish immersion opportunities to the first Robotics and Gaming Elementary School in the nation (and the nation’s No. 1 high school — Guilford Early College!), GCS makes sure that their students can excel in the places and ways they want to excel.

In the video filmed and produced by our team, we meet several students, including a freshman in the program. In his words? 

“I get to communicate to people without using words. I get to communicate with people by using feelings and sounds like no other — and I’ve never been happier in my life.”

Abigail Leow is a former Tigermoth Creative intern who has somehow found herself across the pond in Brighton, UK, but couldn’t quite leave Tigermoth life behind. Now providing part-time copywriting support to the team and working full-time as a Content & Marketing Executive at BrightLocal, Abigail spends her (limited) free time baking, gaming, and exploring the local baked-goods scene.