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Music Room collecting instruments for donation to disadvantaged
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Published: 10/15/2009 4:52 PM

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You can't learn to play an instrument if you don't have one. You need the gear.

Owners of The Music Room, 26 N. Brockway St. in downtown Palatine, have decided to celebrate the business' 15th anniversary by providing gear to the area's disadvantaged.

Owners Carol Cook and John Giovannoni created Gear Shift, a program that will take the community's unwanted instruments in repairable condition and turn them into instruments that will fulfill the dreams of a disadvantaged child or adult who might otherwise not have the chance to play.

"We really wanted to do something that would directly affect members of our community," said Cook, "so we are partnering with Clearbrook and other community organizations to ensure that the instruments get into the right hands."

Clearbrook is a nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities.

The Music Room will donate time and expertise to restore the instrument to good working condition, using in-house instrument repair capabilities. The Music Room staff will also be donating several hours of musical instruction each month to qualified students.

"We're excited to be able to bring the gift of learning an instrument to people in Palatine, and we're hoping our customers and the community will respond by bringing us their unused and worn instruments," Cook said.

Instruments can be dropped off any time during store hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (847) 934-5540 for information or go to

The Music Room serves more than 500 students per week with 25 teachers and provides a full line of musical instruments.