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Pearl Jam's Mike McCready Expands National Music Education Program

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Pearl Jam's Mike McCready will take part in the expansion of Turnaround Arts, a music education program affiliated with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, to 54 high-poverty schools across the country.

McCready will join Elton John and Jack Johnson, who will be working in participating schools.

"My love of music started as a kid strumming the ukulele in the elementary classroom," Johnson tells Rolling Stone about his decision to involve himself with Turnaround. "By serving as a Turnaround Artist for Hawai'i, I'm excited to bring music and ideas to the students. I hope to inspire the kids to dream big and help to create an environment of joy and possibility in their classrooms."

Launched in 2011, the pilot program began with eight schools and is now a presence in 15 states, helping to bring resources, supplies and talent to lower income schools.

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