Abigail McLaughlin instructs Strings of Joy students.
The Orchestra's Strings of Joy program provides free violin lessons to selected Trumbull County students in grades three through seven. The first class began their lessons in January 2016. Elements of the program include:
The Orchestra will loan each student an age-appropriate violin and provide individual, 20-minute lessons each Sunday afternoon through June 2016. Occasional group lessons will be scheduled, as well. The Orchestra will provide printed music to the students at no cost.
Each student must be willing to attend the lessons, practice what he/she is learning, properly care for the borrowed instrument and demonstrate good behavior throughout each lesson.
Parents must be willing to provide transportation for the lessons, provide encouragement and practice space, and assume ultimate responsibility for the instrument.
Instructors are WPO orchestra members who are paid under a separate fund consisting of grants from community organizations and individual donations.
Lessons began January 24, 2016, and were held at the Orchestra offices, 174 North Park Avenue, second floor, in Downtown Warren.
Applications for this class were due by January 4, 2016.