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According to the U.S. Department of Education more than 1.3 million elementary students fail to get any music instruction. Well, that's not the case at Jessie Rice Elementary in Macon.

The Macon Symphony Orchestra performed for fourth and fifth graders Wednesday.

"It was amazing," said 11-year-old Tyrese Thomas. Students jammed to classical, American Folk and Eastern European music. "It was like in the old days," he added.

"They're often very interested to know what the big box is - the bass," said violinist Jason Economides. "They've never seen anything quite that big."

Students also got to ask about the different instruments.

Ten-year-old Janeicia Roberson said she enjoyedthe show.

"It was beautiful. Sometimes when I listen to it I think of my grandma, because she played," said Roberson.

The performance wrapped up Macon Symphony Orchestra's "Artists in the Classroom." This program features 28 in-school visits that help to reinforce what is learned in music class.

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