Casio teamed up with Adopt the Arts to gift Rosewood Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, Calif., with more than two dozen Casio SA-46 mini keyboards for the program’s new keyboard classes starting this year.

Casio’s SA-46 Mini Keyboard features endless exploration with 100 tones, 50 rhythms and 10 practice tunes built right into the instrument. It is designed specifically for younger students, offering 32 mini keys and five drum pads, in a lightweight and portable package. It even has an easy-to-read LCD panel and built-in speakers for playing aloud with an instructor, or a 3.5mm mini stereo headphone output for quiet play during class or at home.

“We are proud to work with an organization like Adopt the Arts to provide keyboards to students at Rosewood Avenue Elementary,” said Stephen Schmidt, vice president of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instrument Division. “The benefits of learning to play a musical instrument at a young age are endless, and we are honored to provide these students with the tools they need to inspire their love of music.”

ATA was co-founded by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician, Matt Sorum, and mother of two, Abby Berman, in 2012 in response to LAUSD’s threat to eliminate its arts education budget for elementary schools within the district. Supported by artists and musicians such as Jane Lynch and Slash, ATA has developed a K-fifth music curriculum that immerses students in music theory, instruments, and vocal music.

“Elementary students all over Los Angeles depend on Adopt the Arts to provide instruments for their music classes, and the success of our program hinges on the support of the arts and music community coming together and believing in this cause,” said Sorum. “Casio’s generosity in providing keyboards to Rosewood Avenue Elementary goes beyond simply putting instruments in a classroom — this donation showcases an ongoing commitment to growing arts education programs and making it a priority for schools in the greater Los Angeles area.”

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