The National String Project Consortium began its work of connecting technology and music for its virtual orchestra project. What began as a program that enabled students the opportunity to play in an orchestra, where that option wasn’t previously available, has turned into a national movement.
Marywood University students who participate in the National String Project Consortium are learning just as much as the students that they teach through their student teaching assignments.
Amanda Murphy, a violinist and education major at Marywood University, said, “My experience as a student teacher has been invaluable. In my work teaching beginning and intermediate-level classes, my supervisor coaches me with everything from lesson planning to repertoire selection.”
Each project site functions separately, directed by a lead teacher who adapts curriculum and group instruction depending on the needs and expectations of the community and participants. While some classes are instrument-specific, others combine violin, viola, and cello students together. Still others may include Suzuki programs, private lessons, and even guitar and harp. For student teachers the opportunities are invaluable.
“When they leave, they’ve gained so much confidence and experience that you can’t really beat: a hands-on mentored teaching experience for four years. There’s no amount of college class time that can substitute for that experience,” said Sophie Till, site director for Marywood University.
To learn more about Marywood University’s String Project, please visit marywood.edu/stringproject/index.html, or call the Music, Theatre, and Dance department at the University, at (570) 348-6268, ext. 2378. To read the full article about “Connecting Technology and Music: The Virtual Orchestra Project,” please visit https://bit.ly/2xXyJsE.