Weekly roundup: Music lab debuts in Anaheim, students build device for space launch, and more

About 150 students at the Juliette Low School of the Arts in Anaheim are learning music in the elementary school’s newly opened Lang Lang Keys of Inspiration Piano Lab.

news, education newsThe Orange County Register featured the lab this week, describing how parents and officials got to see the lab and listen to the students play for the first time at a grand opening ceremony held Tuesday.

“Piano makes me feel like I’m in a different world,” student Isaiah Kaimachendeh told the Register. “It makes me go away from all the stress.”

According to the Register, Juliette Low School of the Arts, one of nine schools in the Magnolia School District and an accredited school of the arts for the past two years, applied for a Keys of Inspiration Grant in 2018 through the Lang Lang International Music Foundation to fund the lab.

Founded in 2008 by renowned classical pianist Lang Lang, part of the foundation’s mission is to find funding to bring music instruction to public schools with limited finances.

“For the vast majority of our students, this is their first experience playing a musical instrument,” Principal Debra Von Sprecken told the Register. “Teachers in other classes have observed students … become more engaged in learning and are more willing to take risks.”

Here are some other education news items from throughout the region for the week ending Feb. 8.

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