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Music For Life Alliance Award

The "Making a Difference" Award was given to the Jones Family Music School by the Music For Life Alliance in recognition of the school's contribution to music education. The school's most illustrious alumnus, Muriel Anderson, presented a plaque and a grant to Anne and Tom Jones at the intermission of Muriel's annual Thanksgiving Homecoming guitar concert in Downers Grove Saturday Nov 29th.

Also recognized were the Guitars in the Classroom program and the Old Town School of Folk Music . Following was a special introduction of members of the King College Prep High School who have been invited to the presidential inaugural next month.

Anne Jones began youth guitar classes in 1966 on her front porch in Chicago's west suburban Glen Ellyn bungalow. As her children grew into grade school, she volunteered with her guitar as "music lady" in their classrooms. In the 1970's this was a pioneer effort as the guitar was considered "not proper" by music educators. However, Anne was increasingly popular with students and teachers alike, and was given a "Thumbody" award with the thumbprints of the hundreds of students she had led in song. At the peak of this popularity, Anne was teaching guitar to a hundred children from Glen Ellyn schools each week after school and weekends both at home and through park districts and several YMCAs. For more history, click the Joneses on the menu.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 November 2009 23:10 )