Behind every truly great performer and artist is a great teacher. Spark visits with just a few of these inspiring mentors in the Bay Area.
Ali Akbar Khan is one of the finest North Indian musicians in the world, and he has devoted his life to passing along his gift to several generations of musicians, young and old.
Music instructor Helena Jack is working against all odds to bring jazz into the lives of hundreds of Oakland public school students.
Michael Tilson Thomas talks about the teachers who helped shaped his career and why music education is one of his highest priorities as we follow members of the San Francisco Youth Symphony.
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Learn why more than 10,000 students have beaten a path to the classroom of North Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan.
See how Helena Jack prepares her award-winning public school band for an upcoming jazz festival.
Meet Michael Tilson Thomas and a few of the musicians from the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.