An annual music tradition is back for another year.
The Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills kicked off their musical story time Tuesday morning at the Rapid City Library.
The idea is pretty simple--original stories presented to the kids, accompanied by world class musicians.
Tuesday, that was Stevens grad Michael Hill, now with the Orlando Chamber Soloists, and Eunice Kim of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Following the stories, the kids get a chance to try out the instruments.
The musicians say exposing children to this type of music is very important.
Hill says, "Studies show from time to time that children who are exposed to music education, that they have better cognitive skills. They learn faster. They multi task faster. On average, their grade point goes up much higher. I teach at the college level. I can tell an extreme difference between students I have met that have had music in their background."
There is another musical story time Wednesday morning at 9:30 at the Library North at General Beadle and two more next week.