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

Anaheim Orchestra

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.

Anaheim Orchestra

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Newly purchased instruments for Anaheim City School District's new orchestra program sit in the district's supply warehouse in Anaheim.

Anaheim Orchestra

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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.

Anaheim Orchestra

Brian Brooks/Anaheim City School District

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.


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.


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