COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Columbus State University's Continuing Education Empowered Youth of Columbus are collaborating to bring free violin lessons into local elementary schools through "Challenger Strings."
Some children who may have never held a violin are now taking lessons from an accomplished string musicians.
CSO musician Barbara Careaga-Mitchell is providing lessons up to 12 children at Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy every Tuesday and Thursday.
In addition to violin lessons, Students receive free reading and math tutoring and homework help through the Empowered Youth of Columbus program.
"We are very pleased to be collaborating with EYC (Empowered Youth of Columbus) and Downtown Elementary School to bring small group instrumental music instruction to a number of their students. It is our hope, over time, to greatly expand this activity. We must not underestimate the power of music, and all of the arts, in the shaping of young lives," CSO's Music Director George Del Gobbo said.
The goal for the lessons are to instill the children with discipline, the powers of concentration and the teamwork necessary to be successful not only in music, but in life.
"The collaboration and sharing of resources with Columbus State University's 'Empowered Youth of Columbus' program is allowing us to align artistic instruction, character development and social justice to fill the lives of our community's young people with more beauty and greater opportunities for prosperity," Cameron Bean said, the CSO Executive Director.
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