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TUSD music programs will keep the tune despite distance learning

Posted at 6:51 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 09:51:16-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Distance learning will have a steady beat and melody at Tucson Unified School District.

'The show must go on,' that adage means more to students in TUSDs music programs than ever before.

The district's Director of Fine and Performing Arts, Joan Ashcraft, tells KGUN9, 45,000 students, from elementary to high school, are involved in some sort of music program.

The program has found ways to adapt to distance learning, district leaders say, through technology that has existed for several years.

Federal dollars are providing a back up note to the ensemble of music programs at TUSD, which is experiencing a new tune it's learning to play with.

"We have not faced anything like this ever before," Ashcraft said.

"It's exciting that these kids are going to be able to play their instrument from home or in a room if there are maybe 10 kids in the band room that are all spread out with six feet of distancing."

Our 'Safely Back to School' series takes a look at how a pandemic won't stop the tunes at TUSD music programs.