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      The next Taylor Swift from Birch Run?

      13 year old Jamie Diffin, a middle school student from the Birch Run area, says Taylor Swift is her idol. Jamie plays the guitar and sings. Her dad, Brad says he tears up when he hears her sing.

      Jamie is just one of the students who will perform at the All Area Arts Awards, next Thursday at the Dow Event Center. The Major Chords for Minors program will feature an instructor and four students performing during the reception hour at the Arts Awards on May 2nd.

      Major Chords for Minors â?? (according to a news release) Established just over two years ago by Katrina and John Vowell with the belief all children should have the opportunity to learn to play music, Major Chords for Minors provides free music instruction to youth grades 3-12 whose families cannot afford music lessons. Focused on at-risk youth in the City of Saginaw, the program employs four instructors giving free instruction on piano, guitar, drums and flute. They opened their doors to 11 students in 2011 and now have 74 students with 71 on a waiting list!