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Music In Our Schools Month® is an annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.This year WXXI Classical 91.5 is joining the celebration with a variety of on-air and online content. Classical 91.5 is partnering with the Rochester Education Foundation to collect musical instruments and supplies to provide used musical instruments for Rochester city students, increase city students' musical performance opportunities, support the purchase of musical instruments for in-school use, and provide summer music lessons for students. The program also provides new musical instruments to enable college-bound students to be successful. If you don't have an instrument to donate, you can support REF's work to send RCSD students to summer music camps. Find out more.Take in a musical or concert at one of the schools in our region. Share a story, tribute or memory of a music teacher that makes a difference.Learn more about MIOSM.

Alexander Pena tells us about ROCmusic, the after school music education opportunity

ROCmusic Collaborative
Alexander Pena and students of the ROCmusic Collaborative

For some kids, the most important music discoveries are made AFTER school.  Mexican-American violist, Alexander Peña directs an after-school and summer music education program in Rochester that provides tuition-free classical music and instrument instruction to urban youth in the neighborhoods in which they live.

Alexander Peña directs ROCMusic.  He was recorded on Backstage Pass, and you can hear the entire program – and performances from his students – online on Backstage Pass with Julia Figueras.