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Rob Wichtman adjusts a camera that helps connect a music lesson from Burlington, Vermont, with students at the Chattanooga Public Library on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn. For Make Music Day, the library hosted interactive events that connected digitally to Burlington.

While people all over town were creating all manner of music as part of International Make Music Day on June 21, a group of adults and kids gathered into one side of the fourth floor in the Chattanooga Public Library downtown to learn to play the harmonica from an instructor who was in Burlington, Vt.

There were other performances throughout the day featuring musicians at the library and the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington.

For the early demonstration, about a dozen people huddle around microphones, armed with Hohner harmonicas donated by the instrument maker. On a TV monitor facing the audience is Mark LaVoie, a music instructor in Burlington; facing them in front of the stage, the would-be harmonica players have their own monitor with LaVoie on it.