Frederick Browne (from left), a freshman from Jonesboro, Ga., Rachel Smith, a junior from Waleska, Ga., and Grace Laminack, a freshman from Canton, Ga., are three of the Reinhardt students participating in the University’s National String Project. 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. The Project at Reinhardt is projected to be up and running by January 2011.
It will be a string duet at Reinhardt University in spring 2011 as beginner music students learn from undergraduate musicians training to be music teachers. The School of Music at Reinhardt has been selected as a site for the National String Project, only the third one in Georgia.
“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. “To be selected also gives national credibility to Reinhardt’s music program. We had to apply and were one of eight new sites selected from across the country. The only other sites in Georgia are The University of Georgia and Valdosta State University.”
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.
The Reinhardt University String Project will offer instruction in violin, viola and cello. The beginning class consists of 30 students with 4 teachers, and enrollment is limited to students currently in fourth grade. Students may choose the instrument they wish to play, and parents must provide an instrument and method book. For the convenience of the students, Reinhardt will have a representative at the first class meeting to provide instrument rentals.
Reinhardt’s undergraduate string students, 12 in all, are excited to be a part of the program. “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, a freshman from Canton, Ga. and the third of her siblings to be in Reinhardt’s music program. “I look forward to showing the children all about music and see how they progress and learn to love music!”
Frederick Browne, a freshman from Jonesboro, Ga., added to Laminack’s sentiments. “I feel that Reinhardt gives musicians that space to develop their own sense of music and explore the different types of music all while learning the basic necessities to become an educator or performer.”
Classes begin on Tuesday, January 11, and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. in the Falany Performing Arts Center on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga. The final day of class for the semester will be Thursday, April 21. Tuition is $35 for the semester, and may be paid at the first class meeting.
Young students interested in Reinhardt’s string program should contact McIntire by phone at 770-720-9221, by email at DKM@reinhardt.edu or by mail at Reinhardt University String Project, Reinhardt University School of Music, 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska, GA 30183-9221. The application deadline is December 15, and enrollment is limited to 30 students. The first 30 students whose applications are received will be accepted and any others after that will be placed on a waiting list.
“Reinhardt is a wonderful place to develop musical talents because of its people and faculty,” said Laminack. “We are all a family, and we work together to build each other up musically so that we can branch out and teach more to the people and children of our community.”
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