David France, a world class violinist, can be found many mornings playing in the Boston subway. Many people stop and listen to him before they go to work and many donate money to his tip jar.
He enjoys playing violin and making people smile, but his main goal in the subway is to raise money for “Revolution of Hope“, an after school program that he created. Through his program, he teaches inner-city children in the Dearborn Middle School in Roxbury how to play violin.
“Most kids in America in the suburban communities get to play music. They get to learn an instrument,” Jose Duarte, the middle school’s principal said. “But why is it that kids in urban settings don’t? It’s not because they’re incapable of playing or they don’t… don’t have that talent. It’s that they’ve never been exposed to it, they’ve never had the opportunity.”
David teaches a rigorous program and the kids are excelling. The lessons are 5 days a week, 3 hours a day!
“Their appreciation comes from someone showing up and giving an investment in their life. That’s what they care about”, David says.
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