(NBCLatino) -- For a group of about 60 kids in New York City, the sound of music is paving the way to new opportunities. Their melody makes you forget that they are four to 14 years old, playing in an orchestra in the basement of a public library in Queens, New York.

"This could culturally and artistically revive this community," says music teacher Alvaro Rodas.

The children are part of the Corona Youth Music Project, a free program that aims to empower low-income children through classical music and show them that they can turn their passion for music into a profession.

"It's not a little group of kids here in this basement," explains Rodas. "It's all the kids in the neighborhood that have an opportunity and that option."

Rodas founded the program after being a percussionist in the Venezuelan music movement El Sistema, a program that introduces classical music to the neediest communities in the country.

The youth program started with 100 children who practiced on buckets because there weren't enough instruments. Now more than three hundred kids have gone through the program.

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