Important news for the end of the semester

by Charles Laux on April 13, 2014

Dear Parents,

Wow!  It is hard to believe that another semester is drawing to a close.

A few important news items…

* For today’s string project we will be taking photos of students with instruments, so please make sure they are looking sharp.  No need for formal attire.  Today’s rehearsal is very important.

* We will NOT have String Project next week, April 20, 2014 due to the Easter Holiday.

* Our Spring Concert will be held on Sunday, April 27.  Students will need to report to the KSU Bailey Center at promptly at 1:00 PM and the concert will begin at 1:30 PM.  Students should wear their String Project T-Shirt and nice slacks (or girls may wear a longer skirt).  As we have done in the past, we would like to hold a brief reception immediately following the concert.  If you wish, please bring store-bought finger food desserts.  We are still finalizing the reception’s location.  We are excited to see how much the students have improved!  I think you will be impressed!!

Last, I wanted to inform you of some changes that will be taking place within the String Project beginning next fall.

Starting in August, the KSU String Project will be housed at Pitner Elementary School and will take place on Tuesdays afternoons from 3:30-4:45 PM as part of the schools After School Program (ASP).  Because the String Project is a non-profit organization, students who don’t attend Pitner will still be allowed to participate the program!

I understand this transition may be difficult for some of you so I’d like to explain the factors that have brought about the change.

First, the KSU music education curriculum is currently being re-written and in this revision includes a large leap in observation and teaching hours that are required for music education majors.  The state requirements mandate that these hours take place off campus.  In addition, the KSU student experiences in the String Project will become infused into the KSU music education curriculum and will be a requirement for several of the music education courses.

Second, meeting on weekends has made requiring attendance (for KSU students) difficult.  I also strongly believe that meeting on weekends has limited student enrollment and hindered the potential growth of the program.  Sundays have also had a negative impact on the class schedule as many breaks and holidays fall on this day of the week.

The a major drawback in changing to a time during the week is that we will no longer be able to take advantage of the services offered by our Master Teacher, Evelyn Champion.  Her teaching schedule at Sprayberry High School will not allow her to continue to participate.  I would like to publicly thank Ms. Champion for her vision of the String Project and her dedication to help get the string project initiated. She has been a very valuable member of the team and will be missed.

I hope you understand our situation and will be able to continue to be a part of the program.  Registration will be available sometime in May and I will keep you posted about the status of the transition.

We wish for nothing more than the best for our elementary students and KSU pre-service teachers.  We want to provide a quality  educational experience for the young musicians and a unique, real-world teaching opportunity for tomorrow’s string educators.

I look forward to seeing you this afternoon and at our concert!  Thank you for your support this year!

Sincerely,

Charles Laux

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