North Side Students Utilize Cutting Edge Technology to Pull Off Inaugural ‘Roots of the Future’ Concert
From Perry North / Observatory Hill, Richard Lane led a musical education project that used Smart Music software to assist students at Perry High School in musical sight-reading and performance abilities, helping to solve issues of rehearsing without large ensembles or personal instructors. More than 40 students participated in the project with 100% showing improvement in their performance. The project culminated at the Roots of the Future concert showcasing students’ musical progress, including students from Allegheny Traditional Academy, Manchester K-8, Perry Traditional Academy, and Urban Impact Foundation.
“The view of the music program in this particular Pittsburgh Public School is that the kids can’t play,” said project leader Richard Lane. “We were able to change that because we were able to take kids from as young as the 4th grade to play high-school-caliber music.”