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How an Internet Connection Revolutionized Music Class for Students in Rural Minnesota

December 28, 2013
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How an Internet Connection Revolutionized Music Class for Students in Rural Minnesota
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Thousands of kids are now taught by professional musicians.

An online project is connecting rural Minnesota schools’ bands and orchestras with the state’s oldest music education institution. Professional musicians from the nonprofit MacPhail Center for Music teach low-income students via video instruction. Through the partnership, small-town students get access to amazing learning opportunities that their schools don’t have other ways to offer. The project started in 2011 with one school, and has now expanded to 17 districts and 1,500 students. Teachers at the rural schools feel more supported, and say that the project gives student access to professionals who would normally only be able to provide lessons and instruction to students living in a city.

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