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Afterschool program helps gradeschoolers master music, and teamwork

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They're making music in the little theater at Hall Fletcher Elementary School. The students are members of the Musicworks program, where they work with master musicians and music educators after school. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

They're making music in the little theater at Hall Fletcher Elementary School.

"One of my favorite things that music is (to) see the light bulb go off over their head, and to see them grasp something that they've been struggling with for a long time," said Program Director David Wilkin. "We see that a lot here."

The students are members of the Musicworks program. Students work with master musicians and music educators after school.

The idea is to use music to help students gain life skills, like paying attention, remembering directions, self confidence and more.

There is also a big focus on teamwork.

"We all have to know what we're going to do, and plan it ahead, and we have to work as a team," said Mavis, a student.

"It helps us collaborate with others so we're not super shy for the rest of our lives," said Zander, a 5th grader.

Their performance is planned for this Thursday --- which is, of course, Valentine's Day.

The concert starts at 5:45 p.m. at Hall Fletcher Elementary School. It's free, but of course donations are welcome to help children stay in the program.

The Musicworks program is also offered at Vance Elementary and Asheville Primary School.

Students meet from 2:30 to 5:30 5 days a week.

In addition to music, students also get help with their homework.

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