The South Dakota State University School of Performing Arts has received a grant from the South Dakota Arts Council to pursue a unique program that provides lessons on the stringed instruments of the orchestra to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders.
In the program, SDSU orchestra musicians teach students how to play their choice of violin, viola, or cello. Returning String Project students will continue to prepare for enrollment in the thriving Brookings Schools strings program.
Students receive 24 lessons over the course of the year as well as a group ensemble experience, all for a registration fee of $150. Musical instruments are not provided.
Research shows that earlier is better for a student to participate in learning a stringed instrument. Optimal benefits occur in mental development when involved in the creative process. Learning to read music is often compared by experts as the equivalent of learning a foreign language.
Applications for student enrollment may be acquired by contacting Andie Star, Special Projects Coordinator, at 605-688-5188, or through email at Andie.Star@sdstate.edu. Applications will be accepted through Friday, September 2 and instruction will begin Sept. 6.
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