Elon student helping people learn to play piano for free

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ELON, N.C. -- There's a tremendous amount of research about how music helps heal people. No one knows this more firsthand than Elon University's Addison Horner.

"My natural instinct is to be terrified of talking to people I don't know. It's really helped me change that and in just being more comfortable socially in so many ways, especially the past seven or eight years," Horner said. "Music can help people in so many ways."

The ultra-talented 21-year-old has been playing the piano since he was 4 years old.

"My mom and grandmother really encouraged it. I had a natural knack for it I guess for the first few years, but then to really develop it, I took lessons," Horner remembers.

He recently created an Instagram feed to help others learn to play. His feed is called @thehashtagmusician. His sweet and short 15-second videos are designed for people who may want to learn to play the piano, but are strapped for time or money.

"My thought was that this can help people see if they want to make a commitment or not. The idea isn't that you can be an expert piano player, but you can get interested in it, become passionate about it and excited enough to pursue it further. It's perfect for people who don't want to have to carve out an hour every week for lessons or who can't afford them," Horner said.

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