Students take up a new guitar class at Horizon Middle

Horizon Middle School now has a new guitar class that is offered to students.

KEARNEY, Neb. — Horizon Middle School now has a new guitar class that is offered to students.

The music program at the school did a fundraiser that allowed for 10 guitars to be purchased.

Michael Heuertz, the teacher who is conducting the new course, said the string instruments are a great outlet for the students and a way for them to express themselves.

"I didn't want to give the students a toy," said Heuertz. "I wanted to give them a very high-quality instrument that helps them play to their best from the very beginning."

Heuertz said he believes the Martin guitars will make a difference.

"In students today, you look at the depression and suicide rates among young people, we need them to have a healthy outlet and I hope that when I put a guitar in their hand that this is a healthy outlet for them to grow," Heuertz said.

He also believes the class is an opportunity for students who do not have time for or cannot afford lessons, to do so.

"I don't want to just teach them guitar, I want to teach them songs on the guitar, so when they get an opportunity to play the guitar they actually have a song they can learn," said Heuertz.

The impact the guitars have on the students is the biggest thing Heuertz says he is proud of.

"To see them learn and grow each day, it's completely rewarding to me as a teacher to get to see that," Heuertz said.

Horizon Middle plans to host two vocal concerts a year at horizon middle school- and the goal is for the students to learn enough so they can play at a concert.

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