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Bring on the strings: Anaheim school district music program needs instruments




Anaheim City School District elementary students test out their instruments. Organizers of the new orchestra program estimate that the district still needs about 700 instruments to be fully stocked.
Anaheim City School District elementary students test out their instruments. Organizers of the new orchestra program estimate that the district still needs about 700 instruments to be fully stocked.
Brian Brooks/Anaheim City School District
Anaheim City School District elementary students test out their instruments. Organizers of the new orchestra program estimate that the district still needs about 700 instruments to be fully stocked.
Newly purchased instruments for Anaheim City School District's new orchestra program sit in the district's supply warehouse in Anaheim.
Mary Plummer/KPCC
Anaheim City School District elementary students test out their instruments. Organizers of the new orchestra program estimate that the district still needs about 700 instruments to be fully stocked.
Music teacher Chad Jackson, from the OC Symphony, packed his car full of violins and violas to deliver to Olive Elementary School in Anaheim City School District.
Mary Plummer/KPCC
Anaheim City School District elementary students test out their instruments. Organizers of the new orchestra program estimate that the district still needs about 700 instruments to be fully stocked.
A group of students at Anaheim City School District practice music during the district's new after school orchestra program. Until this year, school officials say the district didn't own a single musical instrument.
Brian Brooks/Anaheim City School District


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Almost every elementary school finds a way to offer music instruction, according to federal data. But nine percent of schools nationwide are music deserts, and, until recently, a district in Anaheim was among them. KPCC's education reporter Mary Plummer has the story.