West Palm Beach - Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops recently performed for more than two thousand elementary students at the Kravis Center.
The performance was to enhance their appreciation of music. It's part of the "Music and You Education Program" which takes place in ten Palm Beach County schools.
David Quilleon, executive director of the Palm Beach Pops, says for four weeks a musician visits a school to teach the kids about music. "They get to touch the instruments, some of them get to play the instruments and it's just a phenomenal muscial experience for these children."
Seven year old Sarah Lewert loves music and participates in the program. "I like the music because when I was two years old, I have been singing since then, and when I sing I just feel something in my heart."
Susan Leffler, her music teacher at Calusa Elementary, says it's a team effort integrating her music style with the program. "It's just a fabulous program and I hope it continues for many, many, years."
Quilleon says, "Music is such a connector for all of us and these children when they learn our language simply by using the ABCs so it's really important for them to have a muscial background and they say with lots of music and education you are better at arithmetic, science, it helps in English."
The program ends with a concert for all of the kids.
"We really want children to have a musical experience, to be able to have this as part of their lives, we need more piano players and we need more tuba players and we need people to want to play the violin and I think for me music has played such a huge part in my life and I want to see the children have that same type of experience," Quilleon says.
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