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Music talents revealed during Islander Strings Concert

May 13, 2014

By Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas

May 13--CORPUS CHRISTI -- In what was a first for many of them, children showed off their music skills during the annual Islander Strings Concert at the Joe Garza Recreation Center on Monday.

The program, which is in its seventh year, connects students from the recreation center with members of the Lichtenstein Quartet at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, for twice-weekly classes in string instruments.

Instruments and supplies are purchased through the Morris L. Lichtenstein Foundation. Children who participate for one year are eligible to take their instruments home and as long as they continue to play they can keep their instruments, said Carrie Pierce, the university instructor who oversees the program.

She said the program is a great opportunity for students because playing an instrument can be expensive. A cello can cost $3,000 and lessons about $40 an hour.

"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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