On Saturday morning, January 28, 2012, from 10:30 to noon, the IUP String Project will host its opening event of the semester, an Open House for new and returning students, in Cogswell Hall.
The event will provide an introductory session and instrument petting zoo for new beginning students, a variety of interactive musical activities for string students, and an informational session for parents. The event will conclude with an informal recital by String Project teachers and students. The morning musical activities will be led by String Project Master Teacher Swana Chepaitis, IUP professors Stanley Chepaitis and Linda Jennings, and the IUP String Project teachers—music students in the Music Department.
The event is free and open to any interested string students in the community. For more information, e-mail Linda Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-357-2649.
The IUP String Project is a community music education outreach program for children ages 5–18 in Indiana and the surrounding area. The IUP String Project is also provides a teacher-training program for IUP music students who are the teachers in the program. The IUP String Project is one of 32 similar programs joined under the auspices of the National String Project Consortium, dedicated to promoting string music education in the United States. As a member of the NSPC, the IUP String Project joins in addressing the two main issues facing string education today: 1) the low numbers of public schools that offer string music education programs to children, and 2) the critical shortage of string teachers in the U.S.
The program is directed by IUP music faculty member Linda Jennings.