Exploring Strings at TJL

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As the school year comes to a close, the music program at Thomas J. Lahey wrapped up another successful year of inspiring students to explore music.

Third-grade students at Thomas J. Lahey were thankful to have the learned stringed instruments through the third-grade string program that was reinstated last year, and were impressed with the beauty they could create together in an orchestra.

“It is amazing how much the students can accomplish on their instruments at such a young age,” said program director Cathy Ferraro. “Starting in the third-grade really helps to give them that edge on their future musical endeavors, and teaches them great lessons in responsibility and perseverance along the way.”

Third and fourth grade orchestra students were invited to watch and participate in a fifth-grade orchestra open rehearsal— mixing into the orchestra setup, and observe the students as they performed their spring concert music. They participated in playing some familiar songs, such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Hot Cross Buns.” The third and fourth grade students were so excited to be a part of this rehearsal, and were encouraged to continue in their orchestra involvement at TJL and beyond.

In addition, string students got to watch and speak to an expert and professional bass expert, Glenn Saunders, on June 5. Mr. Saunders’ presentation involved playing for the students, coaching them on their own playing, and talking about the role of the bass in the orchestra. “