KSU String Project Expands to Marietta City Schools

by Charles Laux on July 28, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — The Kennesaw State University String Project is excited to announce a new partnership with Marietta City Schools in offering additional class offerings hosted at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA). The KSU String Project is a university-community partnership that offers economical group string lessons on violin, viola, or cello to fourth and fifth grade students while providing real-world teaching experience for KSU undergraduate music education majors, under the supervision of a master teacher and university professor.

When presented with the idea, Dr. Jennifer Hernandez, principal of MCAA, was extremely welcoming. “I am so excited to continue the collaboration with KSU as we expand our students’ exposure to the arts. Integrating music, more specifically, the strings program will provide district students the opportunity to uncover and develop new talents through the arts,” Hernandez stated.

Dr. Dayton Hibbs, Associate Superintendent of Marietta City Schools, has also publicized support from the district’s administrative office. “The arts play an integral role in the education process,” Hibbs stated. “We are proud to partner with the Kennesaw State University String Project in expanding opportunities in the arts for our students through this fantastic strings program!”

The KSU String Project will starting its fourth year this August and Dr. Charles Laux, Director of the String Project and Assistant Professor of String Music Education, is thrilled that the program is expanding. “We are fortunate that the leaders and community members have been extremely supportive of the inclusion of strings in their schools,” Laux stated. “This is such an excellent opportunity for the students in Marietta and also a great way to provide additional KSU string music education majors with practical teaching experience.”

The new offering adds to the String Project classes already offered in Cobb County Public Schools at Pitner Elementary School in Acworth. The string classes at MCAA will be offered each Tuesday after school from 4:15 PM until 5:30 PM. The classes are open to any fourth or fifth grade student in the Marietta City Schools until spaces are filled. Classes for both the Acworth and Marietta sites will begin on Tuesday, August 25.

The KSU String Project is sponsored in part by the Kennesaw State University School of Music and by a generous grant from the D’Addario Foundation and National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The program is a member of the National String Project Consortium. For more details about the KSU String Project or to register for Fall 2015 classes at either the Acworth or Marietta site, please visit www.kennesawstringproject.org.

Press inquiries should be directed to Dr. Charles Laux at claux@kennesaw.edu.

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