Karen Fairchild on the Teacher Who Pushed Her

Little Big Town Surprises Ohio School Singers

Even though Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild seems so at home on stage now, there was a time when she needed a little push. Literally.

“My music teacher in high school pushed me out on stage for the very first time to sing a solo, and it changed my life. So I’m very grateful for music education and the power that it had on my career,” Fairchild said.

As part of the Give a Note Foundation’s 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour, Fairchild and her bandmates Kimberly Schlapman, Philip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook surprised students from Ohio’s Wadsworth High School during their Disney Performing Arts workshop at a Disney resort on Florida on Friday (Jan. 13).

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (January 13, 2017) Five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year winner Little Big Town kick off the Music In Our Schools Tour by surprising Wadsworth High School Choir during a Disney Performing Arts music workshop at Saratoga Springs Resort Performance Hall at Walt Disney World. Greg Newton

The band shared their experiences with music education and talked about the impact it can have on so many aspects of your life.

“Music education is a right of every student. It helps them develop creativity and self-expression. It builds skills like collaboration and critical thinking that help them succeed in life,” Fairchild added.

The Little Big Town event kicked off the fourth annual Music In Our Schools — Music Inspires Tour which was founded by the Give a Note Foundation. In the past five years, Give a Note has provided more than $1.2 million in grants to reach more than 45,000 students in under-served communities. Six elementary and high schools from around the country will receive a $2,500 grant from Give a Note Foundation, which will be matched by the CMA Foundation.

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