|All students are capable of playing a stringed instrument regardless of
"talent" or musical background, a concept that in the past was
often considered critical for success in strings.
|Unlike many other musical instruments, each stringed instrument comes in a
variety of sizes, so that children as young as three years old can play
|Orchestral music, which is considered one of Western culture's greatest
legacies, requires a string section.
|Music for stringed instruments exists in most cultures around the
world. Knowing just the basics opens doors to multi-cultural music
from jazz, country, pop and mariachi to music from across the centuries.
|As the population of the United States becomes more culturally diverse,
contemporary music genres increasingly rely on the playing of
stringed instruments. For example, contemporary popular Tejano music
uses the violin and guitar extensively.
|Music for stringed instruments can be played by a single player, a duo, a
quartet, or by an ensemble of over one hundred. The social reward of
belonging to a community of string musician is incredibly motivating and
|There are numerous professional and community opportunities to play
stringed instruments beyond high school and for many people it becomes a
|Often college applicants who play stringed instruments enjoy scholarships
and other special considerations, regardless of their intended academic
Communities & Schools Benefit
|A community ultimately benefits from a larger number of string students
and performers. Businesses often look to the cultural climate of a
community when making decisions about where to locate. Family
relocation decisions are often based on the cultural opportunities a
community and its school district offer.
|A good string and orchestra education, located within a comprehensive
music program, is a hallmark of a fine school district. Without a
string program, students in a school band (woodwind, brass, and
percussionists) cannot perform the orchestral and choral masterworks as they
are intended to be performed.
|A school orchestra provides string instruction to all interested students,
not just those who can afford private study outside of school.
|In every school, there are students who are instinctively attracted to the
sound of stringed instruments. No other form of musical performance
speaks to them with the same intensity. Without a string and orchestra
program to provide access to string students are denied the possibility of
realizing their potential - an opportunity perhaps lost their entire lives.
The American String Teachers Association with National School Orchestra
Association is the professional membership association for string and orchestra
teachers and players. ASTA with NSOA has information and resources that
can help your school district and community start or grow a string and orchestra
program. please look on our web site at www.astaweb.com,
contact us at 703-476-1316 or 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, suite 300, Reston, VA