WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Philharmonic is taking over music education programs at a public charter school in Washington to provide intensive instruction in violin, piano and other instruments.

The orchestra based at Strathmore arts center in Bethesda, Md., announced Tuesday that it is partnering with the William E. Doar Public Charter School for the Performing Arts. It will provide music education for all students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

The program will include daily violin instruction for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Children in 3rd grade through 5th grade will study music daily in a new piano lab. They will also receive vocal training and lessons on instruments of their choice.

Students in 6th grade through 8th grade who choose a music concentration will spend two hours daily on individual projects.

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