JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As Zykirria Simpson pulls a bow across her violin, she dreams of playing with a professional orchestra.
A special program is giving her the tools she needs to make it happen.
"I actually really enjoy teaching," explained Andy Bruck, a Bruck is a violinist with the Jacksonville Symphony and an instructor with the symphony's Jump Start Strings program.
Once a week, he meets with Simpson and other students at Woodland Acres Elementary for a violin lesson.
It's a partnership between Jump Start Strings and Team-Up, matching five instructors from the symphony and over 120 violins, basses and cellos with students on the First Coast.
"I like how Mr. Andy and Mr. John came out, and they help us," Simpson said of their violin and bass instructors.
Bruck has been involved with music his whole life and feels very fortunate to share it with students now.
"My personal observation is it that it really allows them to focus," Bruck said. "That ability to focus is something that will carry over into their studies and into everything in their life!"
Teaching came naturally, but Bruck and the other instructors didn't expect to be considered heroes by their students, who might not have the opportunity otherwise.
With Bruck's help, Simpson hopes to continue her musical training at LaVilla and one day, to be a professional musician herself.
First Coast News