Research shows a connection between children learning to play string instruments and experiencing success in school.
Missouri State University’s String Project can help parents get their kids on that track.
Bringing Missouri State and local kids together through music
The String Project is a partnership between Missouri State music students and elementary school students in the Springfield area.
MSU students lead classes – with the supervision of experienced string teachers – to instruct their much-younger pupils on learning the violin, viola or cello.
“This is an opportunity for our music department to connect with our community,” said Dr. David Hays, professor of music and string area coordinator. “The kids who attend the String Project get a unique experience that will help them in the classroom both now and in the future.”
Schedule includes December concert
The String Project will host informational meetings and registration sessions for new students at 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at two Springfield sites: Rountree Elementary School, 1333 E. Grand St.; and Pershing Middle School, 2120 S. Ventura St.
Students returning to the String Project meet at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
Classes continue at 3:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the elementary school sites. Rountree will also offer a 4:15 p.m. option. The term ends with a concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Ellis Hall on the Missouri State campus.
Tuition is $85 and can be paid online. The full amount is due by the second class of each term.
For more information, contact Hays at 417-836-5552.