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Students at this Fresh Meadows school are sharpening their artistic skills thanks to a new music education program.

Twenty fourth-graders at P.S./M.S. 200, located at 70-10 164th St., now have access to newly refurbished violins and after-school, twice-weekly lessons led by Midori & Friends, a music education organization. The new program is funded by $20,000 in a Cultural After-School Adventures (CASA) grant funding allocated by local Councilman Rory Lancman.

The educational program, which began in January, will culminate in June with a student performance showcasing their newly acquired skills.

Midori & Friends provides music education programs to NYC students in the goal of sparking young people’s creativity and boosting their excitement about school. On April 20, the organization featured a performance from one of its Signature Series Ensembles, the Toomai String Quintet, for students and parents at the school’s multicultural dinner.


“This year, our fourth-graders have had the unique opportunity to take violin lessons after school twice per week with an instructor from Midori & Friends, courtesy of a grant from Councilman Rory Lancman,” school principal Kevin McAuliffe said. “With this grant, we were able to refurbish over 20 old violins, and now the students can take them home to practice between classes each week. Arts education is essential for young learners and I am confident that our students will cherish this experience. And who knows? Maybe the next Joshua Bell will come from P.S./M.S. 200!”

“The activities students get involved in outside the classroom, especially in the arts, play an important role in shaping their development and growth.” Lancman said. “I am proud to provide the funding necessary for P.S./M.S. 200 students to have the opportunity to learn how to play the violin, and look forward to hearing the students display their skills.”


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