Strings in the Schools Program Kicks-Off Another School Year

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Students are still being accepted for classes in Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo, Shell Beach and Templeton.

Strings in schools

Three young San Luis Obispo County students learn to develop their music skills at Strings in Schools.

Strings in the Schools is a program that allows elementary students in SLO County the unique opportunity to develop a creative skill not offered in the classroom that will reap educational, developmental, and cultural benefits.

The San Luis Obispo Symphony’s Strings in the Schools music instruction program kicked off another school year in September, with over 100 students enrolled in the program countywide.

Taught by experienced local musicians who are all members of the SLO Symphony, Strings in the Schools provides low-cost, after-school group string instruction for third through sixth grade students in San Luis Obispo County. Classes at 11 different school sites from Shell Beach to Templeton began on Sept. 17 and will run through June 2013.

“Strings in the Schools is a program that allows elementary students in SLO County the unique opportunity to develop a creative skill not offered in the classroom that will reap educational, developmental, and cultural benefits,” SLO Symphony Music Education Director Andrea Castillo said.

Strings in the Schools classes are held once a week and offer students beginning instruction on the violin, viola, or cello in a group setting. Students are still being accepted for classes in Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo, Shell Beach and Templeton. Tuition only covers a portion of the cost of running this program and last year more than $10,000 in scholarships were awarded to families who could not afford the full tuition. Individual donations from local supporters and a generous grant from the Central Coast Funds for Children help to make up the difference. SLO Symphony Signature Music Education sponsor, Rabobank, provides additional support.

For more information about Strings in the Schools or to make a donation to the educational programs of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, please call (805) 543-3533 or visit http://www.slosymphony.com.

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