Just for Kids

High Mountain Strings- Just for Kids!

High Mountain Strings, McCall Music Society’s newest initiative, is a program for the development of strings players in our local elementary and middle school. Based on providing instruction for beginner and intermediate students, the program began in February 2016, and has grown in numbers since it’s inception. Much of the credit for this success belongs to our outstanding teacher, Jonelle Darrow, who travels to McCall each week throughout the calendar year. She teaches using the traditional approach while incorporating elements of the Suzuki method, and teaches in small groups as well as individually. There are currently 20 violin students receiving instruction from Mrs. Darrow.

Barbara Morgan Elementary School hosts the afterschool violin lessons weekly. This is a great advantage to the program because the children are already in the school building where the lessons are given. The High Mountain Strings have played on several occasions at school assemblies and have performed at the Music Society’s Christmas program for the community. These performances provided a sense of excitement, challenge and pride for the young violinists and parents alike!

By all measure, we have found parents pleased with the strings program. Tuition is collected monthly and the Music Society has violins available to rent. Parents often come to the lessons to observe the progress of their children.

The Music Society plans to continue to develop the strings program for our greater mountain community. It is our belief that music in its many forms, provides great benefits to children during the learning years. Our ultimate goal is to see strings incorporated into the school curriculum.

Please contact Richard Surbeck (President) for details: surbeckr@gmail.com or 208-315-0905.


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