Exclusive: Matt Nathanson Talks About the Importance of School Music Programs (Video)

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Matt Nathanson recently appeared at GRAMMY Camp - Soundcheck with Scars on 45, performing for high school and college students at the Cannery Ballroom in downtown Nashville. Matt Nathanson recently appeared at GRAMMY Camp - SoundCheck with Scars on 45, performing for high school and college students at the Cannery Ballroom in downtown Nashville.

The 'Faster' singer also dished out music advice to the audience, and opened up to Cambio about the importance of music programs in schools and how they changed his life.

"I think music in schools is crucial, because when I was a kid, it was crucial to me," he said. "I started my first band in fifth grade. I didn't play sports and I wasn't super popular, and so it was a real outlet for me. I just think we need art in schools, and so if kids don't have that option, it's sort of absurd."

We're really glad Matt found his calling! Check out what else the singer-songwriter had to say in our exclusive interview below. Matt's new album, 'Modern Love,' is available on iTunes now, and fans of Scars on 45 can watch their GRAMMY Camp - SoundCheck interview here.

For more on Matt Nathanson's music and tour dates, visit his official website. If you're interested in a career in the music industry, apply to be a part of GRAMMY Camp '12 at grammyintheschools.com. The deadline is March 31st.

Christine Jamra is a GRAMMY Camp alumna and a musician from Madison, CT. You can follow her on Twitter here. GRAMMY Camp - SoundCheck provides high school and college students a glimpse into the realities of music careers by offering them the opportunity to experience a soundcheck rehearsal with a recording artist, followed by an interactive and candid Q&A discussion.

The GRAMMY Foundation offers nationwide programs across the country throughout the year that range from one day sessions with artists to residential experiences all designed to bring teens together with working professionals in the music industry. The GRAMMY Foundation provides cash grants to high school music programs in need through its GRAMMY Signature Schools program. Information and applications are available at grammyintheschools.com.


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