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Arlington students tuning up for good jobs

Arlington ISD has partnered with Music & Arts, one of the largest school band and orchestra instrument retailers and music lesson providers, to establish a new professional high school course geared toward teaching students the art of band and orchestral instrument repair.
Arlington ISD has partnered with Music & Arts, one of the largest school band and orchestra instrument retailers and music lesson providers, to establish a new professional high school course geared toward teaching students the art of band and orchestral instrument repair. Star-Telegram

The Arlington school district’s musical instrument repair course is hitting all the right notes.

Arlington partnered with Music & Arts, an orchestra and band instrument retailer, to create a new program where students can learn how to repair musical instruments.

This program, offered at Bowie High School, is a two-year course which would help the participating students earn their instrument repair technician certification. The course is open to juniors and seniors.

“It’s a job that’s fairly sought after, but it’s not taught everywhere. It’s almost like an art form,” Vincent Chiappone, Music & Arts’ Texas sales director, told the Star-Telegram.

Giving students an avenue for a career in something hands-on yet secure — digital technology isn’t sophisticated enough yet to handle instrument repair — is a sweet symphony indeed.

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