The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Lifestyle

December 11, 2012

String Students: 3rd-graders learn violin basics

— Chances are most of the third-graders at Athens Elementary School never touched a violin before this year.

Today, hand them a violin and bow and they can show you how to hold it, play it and describe all its parts and their roles in making music.

Thanks to The Symphony School of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, all third-graders at AES were able to participate in basic violin lessons at no cost to them or their families. The program is currently offered in six school districts in North Alabama.

During 10 50-minute lessons, using what is called the modified Suzuki approach, the students learned to play under the tutelage of Symphony School instructor Kristi Coughlin.

The students capped their musical adventure with performances at the school for parents and other family members, and with a feeling of musical accomplishment beyond their years.

1
Text Only
Lifestyle
Photos


Poll

Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

Russia-Ukraine
Israel-Palestine
Iraq
None of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee