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April 12, 2004

Clyattville - Students at one South Georgia school will soon be rocking to the tunes of their favorite musical artists. "I've had a lot of students ask me about guitar lessons so they're going to be thrilled," said Lorraine Dow, Music Teacher.

Kids at Clyattville Elementary will be the first in the country to turn out tunes from a Yamaha electric guitar lab. "These kids are getting the opportunity to work with an instrument they can see their favorite artist playing on TV," said Dennis Stanfil, Yamaha Instructor.

Monday, Lowndes County music teachers got the first try at the guitars. "It's a lot to learn and going to take a lot of practice for us teachers to smooth it out for the students," said Dow.

But dozens of students strumming their favorite guitar tunes won't be total music chaos. "You can have a whole classroom of 16 students laying and not disturb a class next door," said Stanfil. These are called silent guitars, and the only amplified sound you'll hear comes from headphones hooked into this control box. "The teacher can listen to each student and work with them individually or work with them in groups," said Stanfil.

And working with these instruments will sharpen their skills in other subjects. "Music correlates with math because fractional time signatures are used, music phrasing involves English, and you use sciences with the different waveforms," said Stanfil.

The lab is portable and can be moved to different schools in the school system.

The teachers will continue training for a few weeks, and hopefully the students will be rocking on the Yamaha SIlent Guitar by next month.

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