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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – From the piano, to the drums, to the guitar, an educator is raising the music bar in North Texas.

For 15-year-old Ruby Sanchez, the Sound Foundation program has helped her find her voice and tell her story musically.

The program is the creative canvas for Dallas musician Norman Matthew for the development of young artists.

Among them, teenaged musicians like drummer Max Honeybone. Max’s mom and other parents say this is no ordinary music class.

“Not only does he just teach you, he has fun with you. He gets to know you,” said student Max Honeybone.

Max is a member of the KISS cover band, “Dressed to Kill.”

The Ford Motor Company recently acknowledged Matthew and the Sound Foundation with its “Good Works” award.

Aspiring musicians like Sanchez say Matthew’s guidance is simply music to their ears.

“I went to another school before this. It never felt like I was really at home and not given the right opportunities there,” said student Ruby Sanchez.

Matthew teaches music classes when he’s not on the road with his nationally known band “Murder FM.”

“I’m worried about the quality of the artist, I want to have the time to cultivate them,” said Matthew.

He calls it building artists for the future.

With music in your heart and dreams in your eyes — it is loud, but proud.

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