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Program gives free music lessons, instruments to Saginaw students

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Music lessons are helping at-risk youth in Mid-Michigan stay off the streets.

Major Chords for Minors is a non-profit organization in downtown Saginaw that makes sweet music to mold lives. Their goal is to give music lessons and instruments to those kids absolutely free.

"One of the greatest miracles I've ever witnessed," said John Vowell, co-founder and executive director for Major Chords for Minors.

Vowell and his wife founded the program. He said they are trying to fill the gap for at-risk youth.

"We came back to Saginaw about eight years ago and saw the children walking around Saginaw with nothing going on and people saying how bad the community is. And we just figured let's see what an instrument does in their hand before they get a needle or a gun in their hand," Vowell said.

Their first year they had eight students. Vowell said the program has now grown to almost 300 kids, all honing their musical skills.

"These are all my family. Everybody here is my family," said Tiasa Cantrell, singer.

It's not just the students who said they love the program. Tricia Boshaw said her son has been playing for four years.

"Amazing. Absolutely wonderful. I'm very proud," Boshaw said.

Major Chords for Minors will perform at the Temple Theatre in Saginaw in January.

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