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. Applications are now being taken for the lessons that begin in September 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 2017. 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 the Cafaro Foundation, community organizations and individual donations.