Parents Learn to Play Music One String at a Time

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To help strengthen the home-to-school connection, parents of students in the orchestra program at James H. Boyd Intermediate School participated in a hands-on lesson that demonstrated the fundamentals of playing a string instrument during the music program’s Parent Orchestra Night.

During two evening sessions in January, parents tried their hand at playing the violin. Led by teachers Karen Gellert and Diana Gotzen-Berg, parents were instructed on how to properly hold a violin and learned about the different parts and strings of the instrument. They were taught how to play four different strings and learned to play four musical pieces. The following week, parents performed in a mini concert for their children.

“Now these parents have a better understanding of some of the basic techniques employed by their children in playing their instruments, and ultimately can help them with their practicing,” said Gellert.