'Teach Music Week' puts instruments into the hands of potential players

Mark Abrams
March 18, 2019 - 4:00 am
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Courtesy of Skyler Jenkins


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- "Teach Music Week" is being observed this week in the greater Philadelphia area.

Vincent James, president of the Delaware County-based organization Keep Music Alive, says it's more than just young people in the schools that they're trying to reach.

"Our mission is to help more kids and adults reap the many benefits of playing music whether it's the educational benefits, the therapeutic benefits, or the social benefits," James says.

James says music outlets across the region are offering one free music lesson on the instrument of the individual's choice in hopes of sparking interest in learning more.

"Kids get drawn to the guitar, the ukulele is very popular these days," he said. "Surprisingly, the violin is a popular choice as well. And, the piano is a steady favorite."

James says the School of Rock in Philadelphia is a program partner that has been a big magnet for students in recent years.