4.20.10: Chula Vista, CA schools adopt Keys To Achievement Program.

Allen and Rice Elementary Schools in the Chula Vista Elementary School District have become the latest schools to adopt the Keys To Achievement Program. CVESD becomes the 18th public school district nationwide running the KTA Program.

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1.13.10: Keys To Achievement Foundation receives Google Grant.

Keys To Achievement Foundation has received a grant from Google to support its charitable work.

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1.1.10: Keys To Achievement Foundation launches new Webstore.

With the pro bono assistance of webmaster Brent Hoover, Keys To Achievement Foundation has launched it's new Webstore, selling to the public the same award-winning keyboard instruction program that it has been placing in schools across the country. All proceeds from sales goes directly to supporting Keys To Achievement Foundation's charitable school placements.

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12.15.09: 2 new New York City elementary schools launch the Keys To Achievement Program.

P.S. 64 and P.S. 91 in New York City have become the latest schools to join the growing list of schools using the Keys To Achievement Program for their lower grade music instruction.

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9.1.09: Another San Jose, CA school begins the Keys To Achievement Program.

Washington Elementary School is the 2nd San Jose school to adopt the Keys To Achievement Program to provide music instruction to its lower grades. Principal Maria Evans actively pursued Keys To Achievement for her school based on the recommendation of her District's Visual and Performing Arts Supervisor.

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7.10.09: Another Minneapolis school starts the Keys To Achievement Program.

Ramsey Elementary School has become the 2nd Minneapolis school to adopt the Keys To Achievement Program. Music instructor Jane Mason enthusiastically pursued the opportunity to bring Keys To Achievement to her school, and with the funding support of Minneapolis resident and arts patron Barbara Forster, it is now a reality.

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6.12.09: Another Los Angeles school joins the Keys To Achievement community.

Enadia Elementary School in Los Angeles Unified School District has signed up for the Keys To Achievement Program. Enadia Elementary School's Principal, Robin Toder, is very familiar with the benefits of Keys To Achievement, having launched it at her prior school, Germain Street Elementary.

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3.13.09: El Cajon, CA school adopts Keys To Achievement Program.

Cajon Valley Middle School in El Cajon, CA has become the latest school to adopt the Keys To Achievement Program. El Cajon becomes the 17th public school district nationwide running the KTA Program.

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11.3.08: Charleston, SC schools added to Adams Outdoor Advertising sponsorship of Keys To Achievement Program.

5 public elementary schools in Charleston, SC have adopted the Keys To Achievement Program under sponsorship of Adams Outdoor Advertising. With these schools, KTA is now placed in 16 public school districts nationwide.

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10.24.08: Keys To Achievement reaches milestone of 50 schools served across the United States.

The Keys To Achievement Program is now running in 50 public elementary schools, serving nearly 23,000 students, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, New York City, Washington DC, Tampa, Racine, Peoria, Lansing, East Stroudsburg and Portsmouth (VA).

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10.24.08: San Jose, CA school commences Keys To Achievement Program.

Bachrodt Academy public school in San Jose, CA has started the Keys To Achievement Program. San Jose becomes the 15th public school district nationwide running the KTA Program.

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10.15.08: Keys To Achievement receives 2nd JPMorgan Chase Foundation grant.

Keys To Achievement Foundation today received a second $25,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, after a positive assessment of the application and results of JPMorgan Chase's previous grant funding.

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10.14.08: 18 elementary schools in 5 cities commence Keys To Achievement Program under sponsorship of Adams Outdoor Advertising.

18 public elementary schools in Racine WI, Peoria IL, Lansing MI, East Stroudsburg PA, and Portsmouth VA have begun the Keys To Achievement Program under sponsorship of Adams Outdoor Advertising. With these schools, KTA is now operating in 14 public school districts across the country.

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9.12.08: Minneapolis, MN school commences Keys To Achievement Program.

Green Central Park Elementary School in Minneapolis, MN has launched the Keys To Achievement Program with its K through 2nd Grade classes. Minneapolis is the 9th public school district nationwide running the KTA Program.

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9.4.08: Tampa, FL school commences Keys To Achievement Program.

Village of Excellence Academy public charter school in Tampa, FL has adopted the Keys To Achievement Program. Tampa becomes the 8th public school district nationwide running the KTA Program.

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8.20.08: New Webstore on Keys To Achievement website sells KTA music keyboard instruction program to the public to support its charitable programs.

A new Webstore has opened for business on the Keys To Achievement website, selling to the public the music keyboard instructional software and keyboards used in the KTA school programs. 100% of the profit cycles into KTA's charitable programs. The Webstore incorporates state-of-the-art SSL Certificate security technology.

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2.24.08: Adams Outdoor Advertising partners as corporate sponsor to bring Keys To Achievement to school districts in its market areas.

Keys To Achievement Foundation has enlisted Adams Outdoor Advertising, a national billboard advertising and marketing firm, as a corporate sponsor of the Keys To Achievement Program for school districts in its market areas. Schools in the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina will now have the opportunity to bring music keyboard instruction to its students with 100% funding support.

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8.2.07: Keys To Achievement receives JPMorgan Chase Foundation grant.

Stemming from a summer meeting with JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis and Vice President Janet Rodriguez, Keys To Achievement Foundation today received a $25,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Keys To Achievement will also collaborate with JPMorgan Chase Foundation's school-centered community investment initiative to provide early-grade music instruction.

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5.10.07: 20 new schools to get Keys To Achievement Program for '07-'08 school year.

Keys To Achievement Foundation continues to expand the placement of its Keys To Achievement K-2nd Grade music keyboard instruction program with 20 new schools signed up for the '07-'08 school year. 5 schools will be added in New York City, 5 in Chicago, 3 in Washington D.C., 2 in Atlanta, 2 in Los Angeles, 2 in San Diego, and one in San Francisco. San Francisco will become the 7th public school district nationwide running the KTA Program.

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2.5.2007: Washington D.C. school commences Keys To Achievement Program.

District of Columbia Public Schools' Truesdell Elementary School today started its students in the Keys To Achievement Program. Under the leadership of music teacher Michael Taylor, Truesdell became the first school in the nation's capital to adopt the KTA Program. Washington D.C. now becomes the 7th public school district nationwide running the KTA Program, joining Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Diego, Atlanta and Eau Claire.

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1.14.2007: San Diego school creates its own video of Keys To Achievement Program in action.

Under the guidance of school technology teacher Gary Stokes, Fulton Elementary School in San Diego has created its own video of the Keys To Achievement Program in action at the school. This adorable short video can be viewed on the KTA website by clicking here.

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12.8.2006: Atlanta school commences Keys To Achievement Program.

Atlanta Public Schools' Deerwood Academy joins the growing roster of public elementary schools adopting the Keys To Achievement Program. APS Director of Fine Arts, Cynthia Terry, took the lead in selecting Deerwood as Keys To Achievement's first school in Atlanta. Atlanta becomes the 6th public school district nationwide running the KTA Program.

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10.18.2006: Keys To Achievement receives Music Lives Foundation grant.

Keys To Achievement Foundation today received a $20,000 grant from Boston-based Music Lives Foundation. Supported by Paul McCartney and Fidelity Investments, the Music Lives Foundation was founded with the mission of working to put music education back into the school curriculum.

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9.5.2006: Five San Diego schools commence Keys To Achievement Program.

Five elementary schools in San Diego Unified School District are commencing the Keys To Achievement Program. SDUSD Visual and Performing Arts Director Karen Childress-Evans and Music Resource Supervisor Carolyn Banks have been enthusiastic supporters of the KTA Program and were instrumental in the school selection process. San Diego becomes the 5th public school district nationwide to adopt KTA.

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8.30.2006: Eau Claire Wisconsin school signs up for Keys To Achievement Program.

The Montessori Charter School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin has signed up for the Keys To Achievement Program. Eau Claire now joins Los Angeles, New York and Chicago public school districts running the Keys To Achievement Program.

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6.28.2006: Keys To Achievement Foundation launches new informational video.

Keys To Achievement Foundation has launched a new informational video of its Keys To Achievement Program filmed at two pilot schools: Hawaiian Ave. Elementary in Los Angeles and P.S. 93 in New York City. The video can be viewed on the KTA website (video button on the home page), as well as being available on DVD. Included are interviews with the principals and teachers, New York City Schools' Director of Music Barbara Murray, UCLA Graduate School of Education Professor James Catterall, and Keys To Achievement Foundation President David Arden. The video was produced by Peter Bassett of la-coume Productions and supervised by advertising executive Kirk Citron, former President of Citron Haligman Bedecarré ad agency. Both Mr. Bassett and Mr. Citron generously donated services to Keys To Achievement.

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3.06.2006: Mike McGuire joins Keys To Achievement Foundation Board of Directors.

Mike McGuire, President and CEO of Affinity Bank, has joined the Keys To Achievement Foundation Board of Directors. Mike has held numerous trade association leadership positions and is currently Chairman of the California Bankers Association's federal Governmental Relations Council. Mr. McGuire is also a Director of Social Compact, a national not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to strengthen neighborhoods by stimulating private market investment and helping families build wealth.

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9.19.2005: New York City Dept. of Education selects P.S. 93 to commence Keys To Achievement program.

P.S. 93 in Brooklyn, New York has been selected by the New York City Department of Education to become the first Keys To Achievement school in New York City. Keys To Achievement President David Arden met this past summer with New York City schools Director of Music Barbara Murray to introduce the Keys To Achievement program and plan for its introduction into NY city schools.

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9.12.2005: Marin Community Foundation awards grant to Keys To Achievement.

The Marin Community Foundation awarded a $8,000 grant to Keys To Achievement Foundation to support it's activities with in-school music keyboard instruction in Marin County, California.

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7.20.2005: Chicago Public Schools selects Caldwell Elementary Keys to commence Keys To Achievement program.

Caldwell Elementary School has been selected by Chicago Public Schools to become the first Keys To Achievement school in Chicago. Last week Keys To Achievement President David Arden met with Bill McClellan, Music Supervisor of Chicago Public Schools, to introduce the Keys To Achievement program and plan for its introduction into Chicago schools.

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7.07.2005: Keys To Achievement featured at QuEST conference 21st Century Classroom Exhibit.

The Keys To Achievement program has been selected to be the featured music education component of the special 21st Century Classroom Exhibit at the American Federation of Teacher's QuEST conference in Washington D.C. running from July 7-10.

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6.28.2005: M-Audio founder, Tim Ryan, donates 200 keyboards to Keys To Achievement.

M-Audio founder and General Manager Tim Ryan is donating 200 M-Audio Keystation 49e keyboards to Keys To Achievement Foundation to assist in the rollout of the Keys To Achievement program to additional schools.

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6.20.2005: Los Angeles Times feature article

The Los Angeles Times ran a feature article today, titled High-Tech Piano Class Is Music to Kids' Ears, reporting on the Keys To Achievement program running at Hawaiian Ave. Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Hawaiian Ave. Elementary was one of the first Keys To Achievement pilot schools.

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5.06.2005: San Francisco Chronicle feature article

The San Francisco Chronicle ran a section lead-page article today, titled Computer Program Key in Teaching Music to Kids, reporting on Bayside Elementary School's implementation of the Keys To Achievement program. Accompanied with photographs, the article highlighted the use of technology to bring the special opportunity of music keyboard instruction to kindergarteners at Bayside.

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4.23.2005: Marin Independent Journal feature article

A feature article appeared today in the Marin Independent Journal spotlighting the Keys To Achievement program running at Bayside Elementary School in Marin City. Titled Program Lets Kids Relate to the Piano, the article focused on the kindergarteners that were participating in the program and getting their first experience learning to play the musical keyboard.

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12.20.2004: Second KTA pilot school set to commence program.

The second KTA pilot school, Bayside Elementary in Marin City School District, is set to commence the KTA Program in January 2005. One kindergarten class will be participating. As with its first pilot school, Keys To Achievement Foundation is providing 20 MIDI music keyboards, Children’s Music Journey software, onsite installation assistance, and school staff orientation in preparation for the program launch. Weekly site observations are planned.

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11.22.2004: First KTA pilot school commences program.

The first KTA pilot school, Hawaiian Ave. Elementary School in Los Angeles Unified School District, has commenced the KTA Program. Three kindergarten classes are participating. Keys To Achievement Foundation provided 20 MIDI music keyboards, Children's Music Journey software, onsite installation assistance, and school staff orientation before the program launched. Weekly site observations are planned.

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11.15.2004: Adventus Interactive completes Year 1 custom software for KTA School Program.

Adventus Interactive, Keys To Achievement Foundation’s strategic software development partner, has completed development of Children’s Music Journey – Year 1, which was custom designed for use in the first year of the 3-year KTA Program. Years 2 & 3, to be used in school years ‘05-’06 and ’06-’07, are currently in development.

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10.01.2004: Keys To Achievement Foundation receives grant from Affinity Bank.

Keys To Achievement Foundation has received a $15,000 Community Service grant from Affinity Bank to support its work providing the innovative KTA Program to California public schools.

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08.15.2004: Two public elementary schools are selected as pilot sites for the KTA School Program.

Two California public elementary schools serving economically disadvantaged communities – Hawaiian Ave. Elementary in Los Angeles Unified School District and Bayside Elementary in Marin City School District – have been selected to pilot the new Keys To Achievement Early-Grade Music Keyboard Instruction Program. Kindergarteners in these schools will commence the KTA program this fall.

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03.01.2002: Adventus Interactive to develop interactive software for use in the KTA School Program.

Adventus, Inc., a leading music software development and publishing company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is commencing development of a new and unique interactive keyboard instruction software program that will be at the core of the Keys To Achievement Foundation’s new public school music education initiative. Adventus is known for its highly engaging and effective music-keyboard-driven software, such as the popular Piano Suite Premiere.

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05.01.2001: Prof. James Catterall, preeminent arts education researcher, joins KTA project as lead evaluator.

James Catterall, professor of education at UCLA and one of the world’s preeminent arts education researchers, has agreed to serve as lead outcomes evaluator for Keys To Achievement Foundation’s new public school music education initiative. Professor Catterall is the author of numerous publications, including Champions of Change, which was commissioned by The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

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02.01.2001: World-renowned violinist and music education advocate Isaac Stern joins Keys To Achievement Foundation's Board of Advisors.

Issac Stern, the world-renowned concert violinist, music education advocate, and current President of Carnegie Hall, has joined Keys To Achievement Foundation’s Board of Advisors, a group of eminent individuals in the arts, education and technology supporting the KTA public school music program. Other prominent musicians on the Board of Advisors are Pierre Boulez, Earle Brown, Steve Reich, Peter Serkin and Andre Watts.

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09.15.2000: Latest University of Wisconsin research shows again that piano/keyboard instruction boosts children's reasoning abilities.

Professor Frances Rauscher, a longtime researcher into the effects of piano/keyboard instruction on cognitive aptitude, has just published her latest study documenting a significant improvement in kindergarteners’ spatial-temporal reasoning abilities as a result of classroom keyboard training. The development of these reasoning skills is crucial to the comprehension of math and science concepts.

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