Music is what music does…

This was a rather interesting article.

BOSTON Bye-bye, Bach. So long, Sousa. Lower-income kids across the country will soon be getting a free music education through hip-hop and other pop tunes they can relate to.

Boston’s Berklee College of Music is reaching out to four other cities with a 15-year-old program that’s made instrumental and vocal music accessible to underprivileged local children. Many of their public schools have dropped music classes because of budget problems and the need to prepare students for standardized tests.The school is getting help from Berklee alumni who will teach lessons, and from Apple Computer which will provide technology. Students learn their individual parts to popular songs, then play along with special computer mixes of tracks like "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley and "Mas Que Nada" (mash kay NAH’-duh) by Sergio Mendes with The Black Eyed Peas.

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I’ve said over and over that I love music – I think this is a good jumping point to get kids interested in creating music, but I really hope it doesn’t just stay there. There’s nothing like learning the classics…. in my opinion. It is happier news than constantly hearing that schools are closing down their arts.


 


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