The program, which is in its seventh year, connects students from the recreation center with members of the
Instruments and supplies are purchased through the
She said the program is a great opportunity for students because playing an instrument can be expensive. A cello can cost
"Most people just can't afford it," Pierce said.
There is tremendous value in music education, she said.
"I always talk about what music does not only for the brain but how it awakens not just the musical part, but it awakens the linguistic part, the mathematical part and the science part of the brain.
"These kids come in and sit for an hour and work together and they're disciplined. They're doing an activity where they have to listen to a teacher and they have to work together."
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