KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Students at the A-Flat Music Studio inside the W.E.B. Dubois Learning Center are getting a one of a kind music education.
Students can learn how to play instruments like the violin and the cello, thanks to the generosity of a youth orchestra conductor.
Darryl Chamberlain is the director of the A-Flat Music Studio. He wants all Kansas City Public Schools to put music education at the center of the curriculum.
Chamberlain says if school administrators put more emphasis on arts education, they could fix some of the behavioral issues they struggle with.
“If music instruction is taught properly, we see improvements in character, improvement in self-discipline and improvement in tenacity,” Chamberlain said. “The ability to make something happen. These kids start to believe in themselves and they just start making things happen.”
In part, he now brings dozens of instruments for more than 160 kids at Northeast Middle School.
“You never know when that young Mozart is among you, that Beethoven, that budding Bach is among you,” Chamberlain said.
Chamberlain says they learn more than how to play music when they pick up an instrument.
“It applies to so many disciplines where we need that person who has learned how to pay attention, how to focus, how to stick with detail, and is not intimidated by detail,” Chamberlain said.
All of the classes at A-Flat Music Studio are modeled after the standards set by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.