The pilot program from the N.J. Symphony “Orchestra at University Heights Charter School was a great success. For 6 weeks, 25 students met three times a week after school with NJSO artists. For many, this was their first experience with a string instrument. The program was a success from both the school and the students’ point of view.
“The program really aligns well with our focus on character, scholarship and leadership,” school executive director, Misha Simmonds said. The students have learned discipline, focus and grit, he said. “It has fulfilled all of its expectations.”
Music programs like this allow children a venue to express themselves. “I like it because you can express all your feelings — any emotion you have you can play it out with the violin,” said fourth-grader Precious Kehinda, 10. “One day I came to violin and before I’d had an argument and I was mad, but once I started playing everything that I held in came out.”
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