Blue Ridge Strings
The Blue Ridge Strings Program is introducing the study of classical music on stringed instruments to students in Floyd Co. Schools, private and homeschooled students in 3rd through 6th grade. Through hands on instruction and creative enrichment, the program supports growth and development by instilling a deep appreciation for music and specific skill in performance.
Co-sponsored by Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival (VBRMF) and The June Bug Center (JBC), the program offers classes at the JBC for two hours each week. The children ride Floyd’s after school bus to the JBC, and receive an after-school snack before participating in a small group, one hour music lesson followed by a musical enrichment activity.
The program started in the Fall of 2017 and is beginning with violin instruction from a certified Suzuki instructor. As the program grows, it will expand to include classical guitar, viola, and cello instruction. Instruments and snacks will be provided free of charge to those who choose to participate.
The creative enrichment program will be taught by guest artists and teachers. Special “musical outings” will be included, as well as opportunities to perform publicly.
The program follows a model similar to the highly successful Floyd JAMS, now in its 6th year at the JBC.
This semesters program will start on January 23rd. Program tuition is based on a sliding scale.