- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Some 600 New York City public schools will receive expanded music instruction thanks to a collaboration between the Berklee College of Music and the nonprofit Little Kids Rock.

Under the program called Amp Up NYC, students will learn music from the last 50 years such as rock, reggae and R&B.;

Participating schools will receive electric guitars, curriculum materials such as songbooks and teacher training.

Classical guitarist and retired Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams and Rep. Jerrold Nadler will attend a kickoff announcement Friday at the Lower Manhattan Community School.

The Verona, N.J.- based Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing music education in public schools.

The Boston-based Berklee College of Music helps to provide after-school music programs in 45 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

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