Amir Pinkney-Jengkens, 8, is learning trombone through Harmony Project, a nonprofit that provides musical instruments and instruction to children in low-income communities. Recent research suggests that such musical education may help improve kids' ability to process speech. Annie Tritt for NPR hide caption

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Robert Spano conducts members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who are now locked out for the second time in two years after failed contract negotiations. J.D. Scott/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Four Organs by Steve Reich was performed Tuesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the 50th anniversary of the Nonesuch label (from left: Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, David Cossin, Timo Andres and Steve Reich). Stephanie Berger hide caption

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Magda Olivero performing Francis Poulenc's one-woman opera La voix humaine at San Francisco Opera in 1979. Ron Scherl/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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