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Building Up From Rock Bottom: Philly’s Matt Kerr on making music with incarcerated youth

Matt Kerr of Beyond the Bars at Philadelphia Industrial Correction Center | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Matt Kerr of Beyond the Bars at Philadelphia Industrial Correction Center | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Restorative. Not punitive. That’s what musician and teacher Matt Kerr believes all prisons should be.

Kerr, a teacher in the Philadelphia school district and former guitarist in the local band Family Vacation, decided this year to start a music after-school program at the school he was teaching at, which led to a thought-provoking conversation with the mother of one of his students. Continue reading →