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One-of-a-Kind Disney Instruments to Benefit Music Education

posted on December 15th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Hand-Painted Genie Bass
This week, we’re offering a first look at one-of-a-kind Disney artwork — one of several instruments designed and painted to benefit music education in schools. It’s art celebrating the 25th anniversary of Disney Magic Music Days at Walt Disney World.

Disney Youth Programs created the “Disney Art for Music” program for the Magic Music Days anniversary and recruited the talents of Walt Disney Animation Studios artists. Conn-Selmer, Inc. donated five string basses and the Disney artists each chose and painted a different Disney theme. The Genie design is first, painted by Layout Artist Brian Kesinger. To finish it, Brian found inspiration in the strangest of places. See for yourself:

You should know that the instruments are debuting on December 17, 2009, at The Midwest Clinic – An International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago before being placed in music and art museums around the U.S. Then, the art will be given to the Grammy Foundation to display and auction with the proceeds benefiting music education charities that raise awareness of the importance of music as part of a well-rounded education.

Of course, this is just a sample of what’s to come. Check back for more updates on Disney Youth Programs.

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David from AZ on December 15th, 2009 at 11:16 am

So clean and so creative, just like the Disney that I have grown up with. Thank you so very much for sharing this piece of musical artwork with everyone.


Alison on December 15th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Thank you for supporting music education. In these times, music is one of the first programs to get let go, so anywhere we can get help is much appreciated!!!


Jacqueline from IN on December 15th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Excellent, very creative!


Pamela from AZ on December 15th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Simply beautiful!!! Thank you so much for supporting the Arts!!


Marcy on December 20th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Love it! We truly enjoy performing at Disneyland and appreciate your continued support of arts education. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

A couple of years ago, we took 27 violins (that were not worth playing)and gave it to artists all around the world. We auctioned off many of them to help the young musicians in our orchestra – Musique Sur la Mer Youth Symphony Orchestra. Check out our website to see the collection.


Lowri on January 2nd, 2010 at 10:54 am

Is it possible to donate to this program? If so, how would I do it? If not, is there another way to donate to Disney’s Music Education programs? I am a violinist in the UK, and would really like to give something back somehow.


Tamir from FL on January 5th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I truly commend Disney for its ongoing efforts to help the community, especially when it comes to education in music. Music education in public schoools throughout the country could use all the help it can get. As an aspiring music teacher in Central Florida, I give my highest thanks to Disney for their Magic Music Days program.