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Grammy Award-winning Violinist Joshua Bell Visits ETM Partner School M.S. 529

Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell visited ETM partner school M.S. 529 in the Bronx on Tuesday, October 9th, to tour the music technology lab, as well as see students perform, and to perform for the student body.

Bell was greeted at the school by a group of string orchestra students who performed for him. All of the students are familiar with Bell’s music, and excitedly greeted him with a banner welcoming him to the school. The students also had the opportunity to perform for Bell.

Bell’s tour began in the M.S. 529 music technology lab, where students were mixing their own tracks using GarageBand software. Students demonstrated how they integrate technology to compose original compositions, learn to read music using computer software and recognize chords by ear using the technology lab. Each student has their own Mac computer station with a keyboard and headphones. Students shared their musical creations with Bell, and then he reciprocated by mixing a song for the students.

The highlight of the visit was a performance by Joshua Bell of music from the movie The Red Violin. Bell received a standing ovation from the students.

Joshua Bell has been a long-time supporter of ETM, including currently serving as a Board Member. He has visited a number of ETM partner schools over the last decade, and has filmed a PSA in support of ETM, which can be seen on ETM’s YouTube channel: