The Friends of Music, a nonprofit group that promotes instrumental music education in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, will launch a $51,000 fund-raising drive aimed at restoring the instruction program at the elementary level that was cut from the district's budget this year.
Brigitte Schuegraf, president of the group, and David Muir, secretary, said they will start with a mailing to Peninsula residents and follow with two fund-raising events.
Under an agreement reached with district trustees on Tuesday night, the group will have to raise about two-thirds of its goal by Oct. 1 in order to restore the instrumental program, with the balance due by the end of the school year. If the group meets the deadline, the district will allocate an additional $30,000 to help pay the salaries of two music teachers and other costs of the program.
In the past, a third, more specialized music teacher has participated in the instrumental program, but the trustees said it would be financially impractical to attempt to restore that position.