GIYO’s fifth-grade outreach program, focuses on learning to play classical music on an orchestra string.  Science concepts, such as sound velocity, vibration, pitch, wave, frequency, the Doppler Effect, amplitude and sound pressure, are taught as part of this ears-on and hands-on program. The program is directed by professional strings teacher Abigail Poirier and coordinated by GIYO board member Judith Stipp. During the 2019-2020 school year, grants from the John N. Goddard Foundation, the Eugenia Price/Joyce Blackburn Foundation, the Terry Thomas Foundation, the Flynn Family Foundation, the Kay W. Cantrell Family Fund and local donors made it possible for almost 900 elementary school students in ten local private and public schools to participate in this program.

Fifth grade students who participate in GIYO’s STRING-on! week-long program gain an understanding and appreciation of classical music by playing a string instrument for five days.

At the command of STRING-on! leader Abigail Poirier, Glyndale Elementary School students raise their instruments and play. 

Robin Saxon, a GIYO volunteer, demonstrates how to play.

STRING-on! participants not only learn to play the violin, but have a chance to experience violas, cellos and basses.  Above Todd Lockwood, our bass instructor and instrument-repairer extraordinaire, returning two refurbished basses. 

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