Howe Avenue Elementary School students are putting their music skills to the test this Thursday for their families and friends. Dozens of third through fifth graders will be performing at the school’s annual concert with members from the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Carnegie Hall Link-Up program.
Not all kids are proficient at their instrument yet, but that doesn't make playing any less fun or important.
“Music is the universal language,” said Howe Avenue Elementary School music teacher Gayle Winney. “It’s a way that we can communicate emotion. I think it should be accessible to everyone because it’s part of our culture. Everyone is not going to be a concert violinist or major in music or take private lessons, but I think everyone should have the opportunity to feel what it feels like to play an instrument.”
Watch this story to see how one of Winney’s 8-year-old student’s is taking his love of music beyond the classroom and his school to make a life-long impact on his family.
This year’s concert will be held Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. in the Howe Avenue Elementary School cafeteria.