Lang Lang Launches Program to Inspire a New Generation of Keyboardists
The Lang Lang’s International Music Foundation launched its Keys of Inspiration program on October 22 at the Roberto Clemente Public School 13 in Brooklyn, New York. The pianist hopes the three-year program that targets second through fifth graders will serve as a model for urban public schools across the country. Among the highlights of the program are piano performance at all levels as a means of social development for youth. Selected schools will receive a fully equipped piano lab, teaching materials and workbooks, and a full-time piano teacher.
A prolific pianist Lang Lang refers to his International Music Foundation as his “second career.” The foundation operates under the conviction that music is a universal language and can open opportunities for communication, understanding, and acceptance across cultural borders. Its stated goal is to create leaders, opportunities, and healing through music.
The unveiling in Brooklyn will include performances by the Keys of Inspiration young scholars followed by a short performance by Lang Lang and a Q&A with the students. There has been a wealth of research in the benefits of music education, proving that music study enhances the neurological and cognitive development in children. Music training improves memory, boosts language and math skills, and has demonstrated an overall improvement in test scores.
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