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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is raising awareness of the benefits a music-rich educational experience has on children through their “When I Play Music” campaign. The ASO is attempting to raise at least $300,000 through small donations to sustain music education initiatives at the symphony. In-fact, a gift of as little as $5 can help provide one hour of music instruction for one child.

The Atlanta real estate community can help keep music in the lives of children. We all have some memories of playing an instrument in school, and some of us have even continued to play well after entering the work force. However, children today don’t always have the same opportunity. And that’s what’s so special about this program.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra offers nearly 30,000 hours of music instruction annually and reaches more than 45,000 students and music educators annually from 28 Georgia counties. The benefits of this training are obvious: Student musicians who stay in the Orchestra’s training programs, such as the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Talent Development Program, have a 100% graduation rate from high school — and approximately 97% have gone on to pursue higher education at some of the country’s top schools, including The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and others.

To find out more about how you can contribute to the “When I PlayMusic” campaign, visit the website.

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