“Some things are better taught outside the school system.”

Paul Green isn’t a professional educator but he’s made music education his life.

The 41-year-old is the founder and owner Paul Green Rock Academy where kids age 8 to 18 learn to rock.

The performance-based music school just outside of Woodstock in the town of Saugerties, New York.

Since 1997, the Academy has been teaching kids to play instruments and play together.

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The O+ Festival, is an annual celebration featuring visual and performing artists from all over the world.

But the main attraction isn’t the marquee names of bands on stage or the artwork on public display; it’s the doctors they’ve come to see.  Artists are given the opportunity to receive traditional, alternative and supplementary health care and it’s all for free.

The festival kicks off on a Friday evening and runs late into Sunday night entertaining and meeting the care needs of uninsured and under insured artists.

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Music usually takes years to master through practice and study. But Andrew Willoughby claims he learned it all overnight – literally.

Now the Rochester resident is trying to help others do the same.

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It's 4 p.m. on a Thursday. And instead of sitting in front of office computer screens, a group of employees from M5 Networks is in the middle of band practice.

The ragtag four-piece - crammed into rented jam space in Rochester's High Falls district - is banging out Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" as an instructor from the Hochstein School of Music looks on.

The banter is friendly, the thud of the kick drum is heavy, and the song is surprisingly well played.

There's only one rule for the M5 workers: you can't play an instrument you already know how to play.