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Ukulele concert planned for Tuesday

Apr. 01, 2013 @ 11:40 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Three years ago Leah Levy discovered the joy of playing the ukulele.

And she's not been keeping the fun all to herself. For the past eight weeks, she's been sharing the fun of playing the little island-born instrument with local elementary school students.

As part of her senior capstone project, Levy, a Huntington High School senior and her students in the Ukuleles for Youth program will have a concert at the Huntington Museum of Art at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2.

The concert is free and open to the public. Tuesdays are free admission nights to the museum. Levy will be accepting donations, however, at the concert with proceeds going to VH1's Save The Music Foundation Program.

After securing more than $1,500 from CAFE Huntington, Create Huntington as well as an IndieGoGo campaign, Levy was able to purchase 30 ukuleles which she has given to the local students to keep.

For the past couple of months, Levy has been teaching nearly 30 students at Central City Elementary and Southside Elementary Schools.

At the recital, students will be playing a diverse range of music including "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz; "Salaam," a song that will be sung in Arabic and Hebrew; as well as the R&B hit "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations.

Levy said it has been a two-way learning experience as she has learned much from her young students, many of whom got to own their first musical instrument.

"That has been one of the best parts to see how they have been affected by the music and to see them progress," Levy said. "I have learned how to teach too so it has been an equally rewarding experience with all of us learning."

Levy, who graduates soon from high school, said the project has made her senior year much more rewarding.

"It has definitely made my senior year more meaningful although it has added some more stresses," Levy said. "At the same time because music is a passion it relieves stress too so it balances out."



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