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Bridging the gap between literacy and music

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-An Arkansas school is teaching children through the sound of music.

Students of the Math and Science magnet school in Jonesboro held an unusual pop concert.

Fellow students, faculty and parents attended more than an entertaining show, they participated with performers during the concert.

Music Instructor for the Math and Science Magnet school, Jackie Boyd, says students did a lot of work and learned a lot in the process.

"The students were the ones who came up with the games. They wrote everything and decided what was going to be done. They've learned what all goes into putting on a concert and making sure it's more than entertaining, but that everything goes off okay."

Boyd says the purpose of this new and different concert was to teach their students the many different areas literacy and music exist.

"We're trying to bridge the gap between literacy and music. Trying to teach the kids that if they use their spoken words they can also use them in their classroom and in their everyday life and music."

Around two hundred and fifty students participated in the concert.

Boyd says it's been so successful they plan on bringing the concert back.

"the students have really had a lot of fun and have worked really hard. They've learned a lot and have done a really good job. We definitely plan on doing this again."

For more information about the Math and Science Magnet school, you can log onto their website.

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