The Music Room’s ‘Gear Shift’ Program Puts Musical Instruments in the Hands of the Disadvantaged

Donate your unwanted instruments and The Music Room will turn them into instruments that will fulfill the dreams of a disadvantaged child or adult.

Online PR News – 15-October-2009 – – Palatine, Ill.--You can’t learn to play an instrument if you don’t have one. You need the gear. So when the owners of The Music Room, located in Downtown Palatine, were looking to celebrate their 15th anniversary in a special way, providing gear to the area’s disadvantaged was a logical place to start.

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 non-profit organization devoted to enhancing the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities.

The Music Room will donate their time and expertise to bring the instrument back to good working condition, utilizing their in-house instrument repair capabilities. In conjunction with the program, The Music Room staff will also be donating several hours of musical instruction each month to qualified students.

“Nearly every kid wants to learn how to play an instrument. And nearly every parent wants their child to know music,” said Cook. “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.”

Instrument donations can be dropped off at The Music Room any time during store hours: Monday through Thursday, 10a.m.-9p.m.; Friday, 10a.m.-6p.m. and Saturday, 9a.m.-5p.m. The Music Room is located at 26 N. Brockway Street in Downtown Palatine. Call (847) 934-5540 for more information or visit

The Music Room ( is a full service facility offering music instruction, instrument rental, instrument repair and sales. From humble beginnings in a Palatine store front 15 years ago, The Music Room has evolved and grown to a 10,000 square foot facility accommodating more than 500 students per week and a full line of musical instruments. Twenty-five teachers provide specialized instruction for a wide variety of instruments in state-of-the-art soundproof studios. A complete line-up of high quality guitars, band instruments and amplification products are offered at competitive prices along with personalized professional attention in a boutique-like setting. The Music Room was recently honored with awards for retail excellence and store design.


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