School of Music Announces National String Project Classes for Elementary School-Age Children
A young violinist performs during the spring 2012 Reinhardt String Project concert.
It will be a string duet at Reinhardt University for fall 2012- spring 2013 as beginner music students learn from undergraduate musicians training to be music teachers. The School of Music at Reinhardt will offer National String Project classes for children in fourth and fifth grades for the second year in a row. Instruction is offered for violin, viola or cello.
“The main purpose of the National String Project is to develop interest in string music education, which will result in the development of children’s orchestras in the local area,” said Dr. Dennis McIntire, dean of the School of Music. “The Project at Reinhardt began in January 2011, and we have had such an overwhelming and positive response since then for children wanting to enter the program.”
The National String Project Consortium (NSPC) is a coalition of String Project sites based at colleges and universities across the United States. The NSPC is dedicated to increasing the number of children playing stringed instruments, and addressing the critical shortage of string teachers in the US. The NSPC is affiliated with businesses, foundations, professional music organizations, and individuals who support these goals.
Classes begin on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, in the Falany Performing Arts Center on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga. The elementary students will have a master class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and an orchestra rehearsal from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The final day of class for the semester will be Tuesday, April 24th.
“Making a difference in our community.”
“I wanted to get involved with the String Project because I have been wanting to get experience teaching music to children, and because I think it is a fantastic program that could make a difference in our community,” said Grace Laminack ’12, a student instructor this past year. “I enjoyed showing the young students all about music and seeing how they progressed and learned to love music!”
Tuition for the semester is $45 for the elementary class and may be paid at the first class meeting. To obtain an application or receive more information, please contact String Project Director Dr. Ulisses Silva or Anna Ragan, administrative assistant to the School of Music faculty, at AMR@reinhardt.edu or 770-720-9172.