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Music is in the air at Riverside Middle School as part of the annual Montana Music Institute.

Students who participate in MMI spend a week practicing music. Many get to learn new instruments. But there are also other arts the kids can learn; everything from chess and foreign languages to hip hop dance.

"We've got teachers here from Wyoming and Whitefish and all over," MMI teacher Mo Bain said. "And we have kids coming from same distance to stay for the week and take classes here."

13-year-old Hannah Bick has been going to the Montana Music Institute's classes every summer for eight years. Originally a pianist, Bick now plays violin, clarinet and bass clarinet.

"It's given me the opportunity to try new things and experiment on what instruments that I want to play in the future," Bick said. "And this is where I started playing the violin."

As part of their classes, students get the chance to show off their skills with daily concerts. MMI will have two more concerts this week.

The Institute's faculty will be performing on Thursday. A concert on Friday will feature all the students' orchestras, choir and even some hip hop. Both concerts start at 11:40 a.m. in the Riverside Middle School gym and are free to the public.