Last week, Phillips College’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) kicked off a new academic enrichment program called “Music Makes the World Go ‘Round.”

Last week, Phillips College’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) kicked off a new academic enrichment program called “Music Makes the World Go ‘Round.”
Saxophonist and motivational speaker Merlon Devine, of Bethesda, Md., spoke to area elementary students about the value of getting a good education, making good grades, and pursuing their dreams. Afterwards,
Devine, who is a professional musician, played songs from his personal repertoire.  Kyle Miller, who serves as GEAR UP Director at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA), said “Music Makes the World Go ‘Round” is a year-long initiative that will be implemented in each of the GEAR UP district’s nine schools.
Miller said this unique music program will include a curriculum involving careers in music, how music impacts academic intelligence-especially in math, science, and language arts, and how music connects to significant periods in World History.