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Monday, Aug. 2
WHAT: Two dozen Lowell elementary school students - members of the University of Massachusetts Lowell String Project - will perform at next week's U.S. Department of Education luncheon featuring Asst. Sec. Ray Simon. The luncheon is part of a seven-city, Teacher-To-Teacher Summer Workshop tour highlighting effective practice.
WHERE: Hyatt Harborside Hotel, 101 Harborside Dr., Boston
The UMass Lowell String Project, which consists of more than 100 Lowell elementary and middle school students, enables young people to study a string instrument, while also providing a teaching opportunity for undergraduate music students. The third- and fourth-grade students from the city's 16 elementary schools can take an introductory year of study on a string instrument free of charge. The students traveling to Boston - who have participated in the program for two or three years - will be performing outside of Lowell for the first time.
The String Project is a collaborative outreach venture created in 2001 through grants from the American String Teachers Association, the Parker Foundation, matching University funds and additional support from the Lowell Public Schools. It is under the direction Music Prof. Kay G. Roberts and Master Teacher Susan Turcotte Gavriel.