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The 'KEYS' to the Future

posted Oct 4, 2012, 5:27 PM by Julie Johnston   [ updated Oct 5, 2012, 2:52 PM ]
Wilton Man's Nonprofit Empowers Children Through Music, by Lauren Mylo, Hour Staff Writer, Norwalk, Posted on 09/13/2009, 

Every week, Norwalk music instructor Claudia Cali drives to Bridgeport and teaches piano classes in a stairwell. She's become well known in Beardsley School, and students who have passed by will often wait until she's done with a lesson before running up and asking if "Miss Claudia" can teach them piano too.

Cali is one of 10 teachers who instruct students who wouldn't otherwise have access to a musical education through KEYS, Kids Empowered By Your Support, a nonprofit founded by Wiltonian Rob Silvan five years ago. The program has grown from four students to more than eighty in first through eighth grade in Bridgeport schools. 

Beardsley doesn't have a music classroom, like many Bridgeport schools where budgets for the arts have been slashed, but KEYS donated a piano to the school, and Cali said

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