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TMSG: MSU Program Brings Classical Music To One Local School


In this day of tight budgets and cutbacks, many local schools have lost valuable programs in the arts.

But one classical group at MSU is helping strike a chord for some Lansing students.

For some Post Oak magnet school fourth graders, their latest lesson brought music not only to their ears, but also to their fingertips. @

"Playing the violin, I liked when it made a high pitch and a low pitch," said Aryanna Martinez.

The MSU Community Music School started a pitch-perfect program at Post Oak and other area elementary schools called "Got Strings."

It takes professional musicians and their classical instruments into the classroom so local students can truly hit a high note in learning about music.

"I believe it's so important to have hands on learning. Music gives you a community and culture. It's really all we want for children, to love music," said Dr. Susanne Garber, MSU. 

And love it they did, from the violin players, to the viola players and even the cellists.  

"Taught us the parts about the instrument like the bridge, the button and the chin rest," said Adrian Arroyo. 

Teachers say "Got Strings" really helps the kids get motivated, not just about the arts, but also about respecting each other.

"They have all these questions and just want information... I have kids that misbehave and don't get much of an opportunity to do this. It's a marvelous experience for them," said Diane Singletary, Post Oak music teacher. 

For more information on the Got Strings program and the MSU Community School of Music click here.

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