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Iowa native breaks language barrier through music


McGregor native Peter Strutt is teaching English to kids in Seoul, South Korea in a very unique way.

Whether you are in Iowa or thousands of miles away in Seoul, South Korea, the universal language of music is one we all understand.

"[It's] just fun to sing, and the kids really respond to it and they love the electric guitar. It was a no brainer," Strutt said.

Strutt comes from a musical family, so he said it was easy to just pick up his guitar and start singing songs he learned easily and thought they would learn and remember easily.

"Last year, we did Mr. Buggles 'Video Killed the Radio Star' and 'Mr. Roboto' by Stix. We did Bill Withers' 'Lean on Me.' These are all really popular," he said.

Strutt has been teaching in South Korea for nearly two years and his unique method is one he said the kids love.

Strutt said this is just the beginning.

"They are learning about science, and I pulled a couple tracks from They Might Be Giants album. They cover a bunch of songs about science," he said.

He posted videos on YouTube, he said, only wanting to show his family what he was doing.

Thousands of hits later, those videos have gone viral.

"It's been a trip. It's actually been really interesting I've watched my share of viral videos, but kind of being at the center and start from nothing and see how it expands has been really interesting," he said.

Strutt said his family has always been a musical one.

For him, it was just an extension of doing what he already loves.

Peter said he plans to come home for the holidays and has many more songs in the works for the future.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

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