HUNTERSVILLE – John Aneralla and Robin Noud of Lake Norman Kiwanis presented a $1,000 donation to MusicalMinds.

Children participating in MusicalMinds, a project which was launched by Lake Norman Kiwanis, treated guests to a performance at an open house Jan. 31 at Blythe Elementary School.

Since November, MusicalMinds has been teaching a class of 20 first and third graders for 10 hours every week.

Afternoons begin with homework time and a snack, and quickly move to music instruction, which might include a lesson on rhythm in bucket band or running their scales in chorus.

The kids also showed off the papier-mâché violins they made recently with the help of their family and volunteers.

The paper violins are helping them learn how to hold and bow the instrument before graduating to real violins in the near future.

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