Work on the specific Session One Guitar Workshop program has been in progress since August 2008. After finding a professional who would be interested in sharing their knowledge of music, and coordinating an appropriate time slot for lessons to occur, I began to scout for a location to facilitate the workshop. After having several meetings of inquiry with Ken Meskill, the Assistant Director at the Fairview Library, it was that the Community Room could be used free of charge for the cause. A building usage form and letter to the Library Board was written up and submitted to the October Fairview Library Board meeting for approval. After gaining approval for the goal location of the Fairvew Community Room, I met with Lesley Rosselli, the music teacher at Margaretville Central School. There are an abundance of guitars that lay unused for the majority of the school year in the music room at Margaretville, and Mrs. Lesley Rosselli offered the use of her room and the guitars to the Community Music and Arts Network and the guitar workshop. Whilst these ideas were developing and communication for approval was pending, a notice of inquiry regarding interest for guitar lessons was posted within the school, as well as being announced on the Morning Announcements. After receiving postie feedback for the idea from members of the community, students, facility, peers, and colleagues, I began to search more heavily for funding options for the project, and stumbled upon DoSomething.org.
This began as an idea to mirror a similar project occurring for students in a community about 30 miles away, also started through the Community Music and Arts Network. Though this distance is not great, it is far enough to be inaccessible by those in the lower portion of the Catskill Mountains. Since, this idea has grown into a nearing reality, and will be added to the list of programs myself and the Community Music and Arts Network has been a part of facilitating.