LOWELL - The newly established UMass Lowell String Project brings 75 third and fourth graders from Lowell to campus every week to take lessons in violin, cello and viola. The object of the program, which is under the direction of Prof. Kay Roberts of the Music Department, is to teach youngsters to play stringed instruments, and to train new string teachers.
The University was one of only ten schools, out of 51 applicants, selected to take part in the National String Project Consortium, organized by the American String Teachers Association. The project provides the university with a $100,000 grant spread over ten years which is matched by the University. The Lowell schools also are underwriting the first year's tuition -- $60 per student.
The overriding goals of the project is to reestablish a lasting string program in the Lowell schools and encourage more minorities to study strings.
For information, contact Prof. Roberts at 934-3867.