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By Josh Perry
Hometown Weekly Staff
On Friday afternoon, Keith Curbow represented the Lowell Mason House at the Medfield Library in a visit with Medfield brothers Bryan and Brandon Chu, who have been giving free piano and guitar lessons at the library every Thursday afternoon from 3-4:30 p.m.
The brothers spoke with Curbow, a Medfield High graduate who recently opened a music studio in town and who has been a supporter of the Lowell Mason House and its mission of promoting arts and music education to “preserve the legacy of the nation’s father of school music education.”
Each week, the brothers will spend 90 minutes teaching upwards of 10 students at a time. When the Lowell Mason House checked with the library to see if anyone minded the music playing, the answer “was a resounding no.”
According to a press release from the Lowell Mason House, “Their public visibility teaching in the reference room peaks patrons’ interest and they pop in to see what the sounds are about.” Patrons hear the music and then show up the next week to learn from the Chu brothers.
When Bryan (a sophomore) and Brandon (a senior) were asked what was the most rewarding part, they replied, “Watching them (the students) grow; they are so grateful!”
The Lowell Mason House showed its appreciation for the volunteer work that the Chu brothers have done by offering a grant to purchase materials to expand the music education program at the Medfield Library. Curbow surprised the brothers with the news on Friday afternoon.
“What impressed the Lowell Mason House was the selfless service the Chu brothers consistently do to help people grow in their music making and the spirit and teamwork they bring to the task.”
Josh Perry is an Editor at Hometown Weekly. He can be reached at email@example.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.