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D’Addario Offers Free Lessons to Employees

The D’Addario Foundation, a non-profit committed to assisting music growth and appreciation, recently directed its efforts towards the home front by offering free violin lessons to D’Addario employees and their children.

The lesssons are taught by D’Addario Bowed Product Manager Lyris Hung, who came up with the idea.

“I approached Suzanne D’Addario (who runs the Foundation) about the idea of providing rental instruments,” Hung said. “She immediately approved, saying that this project was very much in line with the type of things that the Foundation loves to support.”

Hung has been teaching the lessons since April and plans on having a special performance in December. On average, she teaches between 2–4 students at one time.

“I’ve always had a passion for education and believe that learning music of any kind enriches a child’s development,” she said.

Hung also mentioned she originally decided to start the program to help bring more music into the lives of the production personnel, especially with public schools cutting out music programs.

“I felt this was a vital time to start something like this,” she said. “Additionally, D’Addario has always been a family company and one that invests in its families, as well as a company heavily invested in music education. This lesson program, for me, combines both of those concepts into one package.”