Pay it Forward: East High School student, teacher team up to give the gift of music

Pay it Forward: East High School student, teach team up to give the gift of music (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) A student and music teacher are teaming up to help children gain the power of music.

"We're just trying to promote music," said Cip Petersen, music director at East High School.

Petersen and his student, Lucy Myers, are organizing camps this summer for students who do not have the opportunity to learn an instrument.

"A lot of kids in the area don't have a chance for music," Petersen said.

Both of them have noticed that schools are moving away from the arts.

"It's sad when schools get rid of music programs," Myers said.

Many students cannot afford to learn music on their own.

"We really want to make sure that these kids, who may not have another opportunity for music, that they can have that in their life," Petersen said.

They are hosting a camp for string instruments and a marching band summer camp. They are only charging money for a t-shirt, and it is no problem if you don't have an instrument.

"We've got a few here that we'd be happy to let them borrow," said Petersen.

The camps are for students from 4th through 12th grade.

"It's really important for kids to get into music and to have a family in the music department," Myers said.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to help Myers and Petersen make their camps the best possible.

The East Summer Strings Camp will run from June 18th-28th and the East Marching Band Camp is from June 11th-June 29th.

There is an information night for both camps at East High School on Wednesday, May 16th at 6pm, in rooms C211 and C213.

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