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Dubuque celebrates Music in the Schools month

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You could say 7th grader Payton Reid is just a little bit involved in music.

"I'm in band, choir, honor choir, the musical," she said. "I've also done the national anthem for the school a few times."

On a Thursday morning, she's at school early with the rest of the honor choir, going over some of their songs before a couple of upcoming concerts.

Her involvement in all of those programs has given her a confidence beyond her years.

"I know that I want to be a singer and an actress when I grow up. And I know where I want to be with my voice right now. So I'm pretty proud being the lead in the play and having Mrs. Duggan depend on me during choir. I'm pretty proud of myself right now," she said.

Dubuque's City Council recognized March as Music in the Schools month at their meeting this week.

It's a national movement celebrating the profound effects music programs have on students across the country.

"It makes them want to come to school," said Jill Duggan, Jefferson Middle School's music and choir director.

"It sets them on a path of feeling included and it just really creates a good climate and culture for our school so we can buckle down and tackle the academics that we need as well."

She says it also gives her students the skills they need to be confident, poised and successful.

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