While stories of educational failure abound, I found the NPR story, A (Very) Young Composer Gets His Chance At The New York Philharmonic, to be harmoniously uplifting. Click on the above link to read or listen to the story.
The gist of the story is that Composer Jon Deak developed the idea for helping to nurture young composers after visiting a Brooklyn school and noticing the art work on the school walls. He thought it would be possible to help students develop musical skills at least as good as the art skills some exhibit.
“So Deak set about getting the musical equivalents of paints, paintbrushes and canvas for children in elementary schools that partner with the New York Philharmonic. Each year, 72 lucky kids in six New York area schools participate in this free after-school program.”
Go to the NPR link (above) to listen to one composition of a ten year old which was performed at the Avery Fisher Hall by the New York Philharmonic. It is amazing orchestration and puts a song in the heart of anyone who wants to hear about something good that can be accomplished in our schools and through young people.