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Photo: Boy playing a harpThe University of Texas String Project -- well-known for its viola, violin, cello and other string students-- now adds the harp to its repertoire.

"What's unique about the harp is that it's a total mind, body experience,." says Delaine Fedson. "There are years of studies that show that students who study music excel academically; they have better relationships with their peers and families and these are skills they take with them for the rest of their lives."

The University of Texas started the String Project after World War II to increase the number of string players as well as string teachers.

The program pairs young teachers with children from the community who are interested in learning string instruments. It's purpose is to bridge the gap between the university and the community.

The harp project has already taken off and there is a waiting-list to join every semester.

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Produced by Domenique Bellavia.


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