Tuesday, December 07, 2010

"Sugar Strings" keep classical music alive for public schools in Chicago

Tonight, NBC Night News with Brian Williams reported on a youth group in Chicago, the “Sugar Strings”, which brings classical music to young people, including pieces such as variations (in classical style) on Michael Jackson’s music. Williams noted that music is often one of the first items to get cut from school budgets as school districts struggle.

I can speak from experience having worked as a substitute teacher: there are the students who are talented in music and want to be there (and perform outstanding music, both in orchestra and chorus), and those who just want an easy elective.

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