Oxnard School District Gets Piano Lab

Mike Lawson • News • January 3, 2015

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Haydock Academy, a school in the Oxnard School District, now offers its students the opportunity to learn how to play the piano as one of their electives in a brand new piano lab.

“I didn’t know how to play the piano and we learn which notes to use so it could sound exactly like you were singing,” seventh-grader Ashley Gonzales told News Channel 3 KEYT.
This particular piano lab is the only one of its kind in the Oxnard School District. The principal of Haydock Academy, Eddy Bond, believes the lab is helping the children become better students.

“It gives them a more complete educational experience and a reason to want to come to school,” said Bond.
“It’s my favorite class, because it is educational but also like having fun at the same time,” said Gonzales. 
The students have the opportunity to spend about an hour a day in the piano class Monday through Friday.
The size of a piano makes it too big to take home to practice on, and once they realized that many students in the Oxnard School District came from low-income families, Yamaha and Keyboard Concepts decided to help out by donating eight new keyboard sets.

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