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When does teaching a musical instrument become an educational “instrument” for teaching more than music? Join the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture and the Ukrainian National Museum to explore important skills and values that are taught through musical training, including musical mastery, storytelling, and mathematical aptitude.

Musicians and instructors from both communities will demonstrate how teaching people to play instruments, such as the Puerto Rican cuatro and bomba drum or the Ukrainian bandura, imparts similar and different values and abilities.

Note: The first 10 minutes of this event has poor audio, but then it was corrected.


Recorded Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at Nellie’s Restaurant.

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