Strings, Kansas! Using Internet2 to Connect University String Students to 4th and 5th Graders
Time 04/24/07 04:30PM-05:30PM
Strings, Kansas!, sponsored by Kan-ed and the Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall, was launched Fall 2006 and runs each academic year. The program connects Wichita State University (WSU) School of Music string students to over 600 4th and 5th graders in communities throughout Kansas without string programs in their public schools. Working with general music teachers in the participating communities, WSU students use Internet2 videoconferencing to engage the participating youth --- fostering their appreciation of music, stringed instruments and the orchestral repertoire.
Still in its first year, Strings, Kansas! is already having a significant impact. As one WSU student shared: "At Flint Hills E.S., half a class of twenty started resounding, 'Let me play the violin,' 'Can I get a cello?,' ... We're the people who are going to make this happen, for the kids and with the help of the kids. ... There are at least ten kids in Rosalia Kansas (and hundreds of others in other places) aching to start exercising a musical potential within themselves that could possibly become the most intense and positive thread of their entire growth and existence, and that the foundation of their present hope of doing so is, essentially, us.
Speaker John Harrison Wichita State University
Speaker Robyn Duvall Wichita State University
Secondary tracks Teaching and Learning, K20