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Waldorf School Wins Grants to Fund Stringed Instrument Program

For Immediate Release For More Information Contact: Amy Marquis Communications Coordinator Waldorf School of New Orleans Phone: (504) 444-8299 Email:

Waldorf School of New Orleans has secured two grants totaling $5,800 to create a stringed instrument library for its music program. Students whose families cannot afford the cost of a monthly rental will be able to access the instruments they need. $4,300 was gifted by the Mid States Shared Gifting Group, and $1,500 came from New Orleans Hash House Harriers.

"It's a wonderful feeling to know that we all have the same belief, that music, fine arts in general are fundamental in child's development, growth and wholesomeness," says Music Specialist Kasia Holmes who runs the program.

According to Holmes the most common type of music programs in New Orleans focus on brass instruments and the marching band tradition. Waldorf School of New Orleans, like Waldorf schools around the world, introduces stringed instruments to every student in 4th Grade.

"Music is central to Waldorf Education, so we've made it a priority to ensure all of our students have what they need to fully participate and benefit from our program," says School Administrator Lisa Lynde who procured the grants.

Waldorf School of New Orleans offers scholarships and tuition assistance to 40% of its student body. The school is committed to cultivating a diverse student body from all walks of life from racial to economic and is the sole Waldorf School in the state of Louisiana.

More about Waldorf School of New Orleans

Waldorf School of New Orleans serves 140 students ranging in age from Nursery through 8th Grade at two campuses, our K-8 campus at 517 Soraparu St., and our Early Childhood Center at 2010 Peniston St. Waldorf School of New Orleans was founded in 2000 and will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year as it relocates to its new home at the Rose Collaborative at 2539 Columbus St. in Mid City.

More about Waldorf Education

Waldorf Education was developed by philosopher Rudolf Steiner in 1919 and is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. There are 1,150 Waldorf Schools in 72 countries. Learn more.


Waldorf School of New Orleans is devoted to experiential and multi-sensory learning for children from Nursery age through 8th Grade.

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