FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible for PING!

     PING! lends instruments to students enrolled in D90, D97, or D200 in Oak Park and River Forest who fulfill one of the following: 

     Students must be enrolled in the school instrumental music program.  

Contact PING! for more information at:   pingoprf@gmail.com.

When is instrument sign-up?

Oak Park Elementary School District 97:  In late August or early September, PING! has an open registration process for new and returning students on the same days as general instrument sign-up for all D97 students.  Each spring, PING! allows currently participating students to renew their contract for the following year.  If you renew in the spring, you do not have to attend instrumental sign-up night in the fall.

River Forest Elementary School District 90 and Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200:  Contact your music teacher or PING! if your student is interested in obtaining an instrument for the school year.  Once registered with PING!, a student can renew his or her contract in the spring for the following year.

The cost of participating in the PING! program is $20.00 per family per year.  Each family completes a contract by providing contact information and signing a statement accepting responsibility for proper care of the instrument.

What is Mentoring and how can I participate?

The PING! Mentoring Program is for PING! middle school students interested in receiving additional instruction on their instrument.  The program is taught by advanced high school musicians who are paired with a middle school student who plays the same instrument.  Private one-hour lessons are given to the middle school students twice a month.  The lessons are taught at the middle schools directly after school.

In late summer, PING! mails a letter to all PING! 6th-8th graders to find out if they are interested in participating in the Mentoring Program.  If your student is interested in mentoring, contact PING! when you receive the letter, and we will arrange a mentor and lesson schedule for your student.  If an eligible student is new to PING! in middle school, we will explain the mentoring program to him or her at the time of instrument sign-up.


How is PING! funded and how can I help?

PING! is funded by the generous contributions from members of our community, grants from private foundations, funding from the Oak Park Area Arts Council in partnership with the Villages of Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park and the Illinois Arts Council, The Oak Park River Forest Rotary Club and donations from individual businesses. 

The PING! inventory is built primarily from individual donations of used instruments.

PING! works in partnership with businesses that provide services on a pro bono or reduced rate fee and receives support from the Oak Park and River Forest school districts.  PING! gratefully acknowledges support from Austin Music Store, Kagan and Gaines Music Co., Music and Arts Center, Pieritz Brothers Office Supplies, Schiff Hardin LLP Law Firm, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Oak Park River Forest Symphony Orchestra.

You can help support PING! by making a donation of a new or used instrument or a cash contribution.  PING! is a federal 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization.  Your contribution enables PING! to continue to grow and serve the students in our community.

PING! also needs volunteers to serve on its Board and help with our programs.  Please contact us if you are interested in lending a hand.


How can I donate an instrument?

If you have an instrument to donate, send us an e-mail at pingoprf@gmail.com.  We will get in touch with you to arrange a convenient time for us to pickup or for you to drop off your instrument.  We are grateful for all donations of band or orchestra instruments.


Waiver forms

    Waiver forms for PING! students and OPRF PING! mentors can be downloaded from the links below.

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PING! Administrator,
Dec 6, 2015, 4:18 PM