HeartStrings program teaches violin to children

Cardboard violin created by students in the HeartStrings program, Norfolk
Cardboard violin created by students in the HeartStrings program, Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY)– A new program is teaching children how to play the violin, step by step. The first session for HeartStrings was held August 15 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Norfolk.

The first and second graders demonstrated correct posture and placement of the instrument that they learned in summer camp, but they used cardboard violins, which they made themselves. According to Marsha Staple, Director of Education/Community Engagement with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, once they get past the basics they can move on to the real thing.

The students are from selected Norfolk and Virginia Beach Public Schools, and some applied through the Kroc Center. The HeartStrings program combines music instruction with creative activities to build character and develop appreciation for music.

“Heart Strings” was developed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra with the Salvation Army. In the fall and spring, students will meet three times a week at the Kroc Center and a musician from V.S.O. will help teach the group.The students will be retained as they move into third and fourth grade.

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