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Students in Anacostia will be playing a different tune May 23

On May 20, 2016

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New York Yankee turned Latin GRAMMY-nominated guitarist Bernie Williams and dozens of music industry leaders will donate $28,000 in musical instruments and provide drum, ukulele and guitar lessons to student’s at D.C.’s Friendship Tech Prep Academy Monday.

Williams, who recently graduated from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music will be telling his message to students that music is an important part of a well-rounded education.

Later in the week, Williams and representatives from the music industry will be making the rounds on Capitol Hill and meeting with members of Congress to discuss the new education law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and the need to direct more attention and resources to music education and the arts. Under the previous federal education law, No Child Left Behind, subjects such as music, not included in standardized tests, were often downplayed. Prior to the passage of No Child Left Behind, for example, a stunning 100 percent of the nation’s secondary schools located in areas of high poverty offered music education, by 2014 that figure had dropped to 81 percent.

Monday's performance and welcome assembly will be at 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Friendship Tech Prep Academy, 2705 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032

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