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Monday, May 28, 2012

Music sets the tone for learning

(Port Elgin, ON - May 24, 2012) - This summer, adult learning centres in Grey and Bruce Counties, ON will be filled with the sound of music.

"Returning to a classroom setting can often be intimidating for adult learners, many of whom dropped out of school at a young age," says Steve Ballard, local learning facilitator.

Ballard is hoping to equip adult learners with confidence by handing them musical instruments. His innovative adult learner program, A Few Music Lessons, offers adult learners the chance to learn and develop musical skills by borrowing instruments from the literacy centre. Students are also encouraged to work together and collaborate on music projects and have an opportunity to preform their talents at an annual fundraising event.

"Engagement in the classroom is one of the greatest challenges faced by adult education practitioners," says Ballard.