Bringing music to the community

PLATTSBURGH - Throughout the years, pianist Adrian Carr has come to notice the benefits of music in a person's life. Now, he's taking what he knows about music and extending it to the community.

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Carr will host an open house at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St., from 3:30-6 p.m. The plan is for people to come in and see what he will begin offering at the center.

"I'm doing piano lessons, but also 'Everything Music,' which is kind of like a music exposure and appreciation class for young people, as well as the North Country Music Club, which is for adults in the evening," Carr explained.

Carr said his intention for the two classes is to "bring music into the community" by using a variety of techniques.

"It's been generally shown in several studies that classical music really helps the brain develop, and for kids this is really wonderful," Carr explained. "I've noticed there is a real connection between kids after they're starting to learn piano and get involved in music."

According to Carr's Web site, www.adriancarrpiano.com, there are 12 benefits of music education. From brain development in language and reasoning, to enhancing teamwork skills and discipline, Carr sees music as a "wonderful experience" for people.

To bring the experience to the community, Carr contacted NCCCA last spring and asked what they were doing about music at the center.

"They said, 'Well, we don't have any plans yet,'" recalled Carr.

Explaining what he hoped to do, the center set up a room for him with a piano, as they wanted to encourage the music in the center as well.

"As funding is getting more and more cut from public schools and the arts are just suffering, I find that there is a space opening up here," Carr said. "This is where the North Country Cultural Center can really fill this space ... Not just in music, but in the art course they're doing here and everything."

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