Learning Spanish through music

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- Spanish music played in the classroom came to life on a local high school stage Tuesday. Eleven schools, 500 students and teachers, all danced and sang at North Platte High School. On stage was Edgar Rene, a performer who travels for the The Justo Lamas Group Concert educational program.

Students dance along to music at North Platte High School. (SOURCE: Kaylie Crowe News 2)

The purpose is to learn Spanish and have a good time doing it. Edgar's music and songs motivated students to learn the language. Edgar also has students practice simple terms in Spanish in between songs. The Pacer Dance Team even joined him on stage. Some students develop an interest in studying the language for college.

"I feel like it's very important that they come in and be taught because having a second language no matter the language, um of course I favor Spanish, but it's really important to be able to communicate with the world um to have a second language," said student Carlye Stoppkotte.

"I feel like it's a really good learning experience because you get to see this language used in real life experiences and it's also like a fun time for students to bond," said Chloe Wiegand, student and Pacer Dance Team dancer.

Edgar's music encourages students to live free of drugs, communicate with their families, and promote unity. He also wants students to develop an interest in learning the Spanish language.