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      Improving students' self esteem through music

      Students from Westwood High School in Ishpeming teamed up with a Southern California-based performance group called The Young Americans.

      Forty-five performers from the group are participating in the outreach tour, teaching students how to dance, sing, and improv techniques.

      "We get to work with all of these different kids from all over the country, and they are all so different, but they are also interested in what we do, and we just get to teach them this stuff and have fun with them," said Nicole Schroeder, performer.

      It is not just about how well the students can perform. The group said they use music to help students gain more confidence.

      "I think most of it is really about getting them to try things that maybe they're not so comfortable with and getting them to push their own boundaries, and it's kind of like self esteem and life skills disguised and wrapped up in music," said Angelo Santini, performer.

      For many of the students, music is their passion, and the program gives them the opportunity to dig deeper into their craft.

      "They teach us all of these different techniques for hip hop dancing and lyrical dancing, also ballet, and they also teach us techniques with our singing. That's what I'm actually going to go to school for," said Miranda Roose, high school senior.

      After three days of practice, the Ishpeming students will hold a concert showcasing what they learned.

      If you are interested in seeing the students' performance, it takes place Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the Westwood High School gym.

      Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.