The Latrobe Art Center will host a K-4 music program in August

Children from kindergarten to grade 4 will have the opportunity to embrace their musical side this summer.

From August 8-12, the Latrobe Art Center will host “Lead with Music”, a program designed by WQED dedicated to teaching children music.

Michael Tusay, the center’s executive director, said kids will learn about musical styles, host dance parties, create music-themed crafts and watch musical performances by Pittsburgh-area artists during the one week program.

WQED Education developed this program to engage children in music, especially classical music, according to Tusay. This will be the start of the program.

Although the Latrobe Arts Center typically focuses on the visual arts, Tusay hopes events like this will broaden his musical horizons.

“We focus on the arts, but we try to expand beyond the visual arts to include things like music,” he said. “Music, like the arts, helps children develop self-expression skills and improve their math, science, and literacy skills.”

The program is free to participants through a grant from Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation. However, participants must pay a $10 deposit which will be refunded at the end of the program based on the children’s attendance.

Places are limited to 50 guests. The program will run daily from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Interested persons can register online. Tusay asked attendees to register by the week of August 1.

Maddie Aiken is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Maddie by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .