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Yellow Medicine East Music Instructor Nicole Boelter directs the school's jazz band, top, during a session while Greg Keel, a professional musician with the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, is seen on the TV monitor behind Boelter. A broadband Internet connection makes Keel and other musicians with the Center the e-colleagues of music instructors in a number of area schools. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Instrumental music instructor at YME gets by with a little help from her online friends

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GRANITE FALLS -- High school music instructors are not on the endangered species list, but tight budgets and declining enrollments have reduced their numbers in many rural school districts.

That's why Nicole Boelter, instrumental music instructor for the Yellow Medicine East Schools in Granite Falls, admits she initially resisted a proposal to offer online instruction to her students through the MacPhail Center for Music in Minnesota.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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