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Dr. Susan O'Neill inspires students with music

April 07, 2011
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Susan O'Neill, director of Research for Youth, Music and Education (RYME) and Education professor, is reaching out to middle schools to establish a foothold for youth engagement in the arts. O'Neill tells The Tri-city News that the music world is changing and educators need to keep up and find ways of helping kids stay motivated when there are so many distractions.

"'The music world is changing and educators need to keep up and find ways of helping kids stay motivated when there are so many distractions,' O’Neill said.

For six weeks, she worked with Minnekhada students to get them to think more about music, why it’s important and how best to share their thoughts with others.

'We’re creating a sense of a lifelong valuing of music in their life and giving them some of the language as to what’s important — that it’s important to have music and that it be sustained when they go on to have their own children,' O’Neill said."

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