|The study of Strings helps your child develop an appreciation of the Arts and specifically orchestral music. When considering the idea of Multiple Intelligences, this discipline offers a chance for your child to enhance his or her musical, kinesthetic, spatial, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and logical-mathematical intelligences. For all students, developing a positive self-image is important. Studying strings requires self-discipline. When a student achieves a goal because he or she has learned this self-discipline and receives positive results, self-confidence is built. This, in turn, helps the image the student has of him/herself to be a positive one. Students develop and utilize fine and gross motor skills and the work requires precision and accuracy.
Parental involvement is critical to the success of the child. The parent is asked to participate in the lesson along with the child. This way the parent understands what the instructor is attempting to teach and can reinforce this at home. Mrs. Illescas says that parents who are directly involved in their children’s lessons see an enormous difference in the progress of their child versus a child who’s left on his or her own.
Pioneering with Pre-Kindergarten
Many years ago, Eastover-Central chose to be a School of the Arts. In our effort to expand and explore new avenues of Arts study for our students, we decided to offer our Pre-Kindergarten students the opportunity to study violin beginning in the fall of 2004.
Pre-Kindergarten moves on…
As each new school year began, Eastover-Central added a new grade level to our expanding strings program. We are proud to say that we now offer strings to every student on every grade level in the school! The program is required for all students from Pre-K through Second Grade. Instruments on this level are still provided by the school and parent involvement is still very important. The program becomes optional in Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades, and these students are required to provide their own instruments.