At-Risk Teens: Summer Enrichment Program
Members of the Symphony of the Americas worked with Changing Directions 4 Youth & Families this summer to provide strings and music theory classes for at-risk teens in Pompano Beach, FL. Students learned that their bows were an international cooperative with materials from Siberia, Africa, and South America. They used the internet to research the trees which supply wood for string instruments, while music theory classes reinforced mathematical concepts. But equally important, they learned teamwork concepts, how to rely on each other, and be supportive of each other by learning to play in a string ensemble and preparing for a closing performance of their summer enrichment program. The students were so proud of their accomplishments! The mayor of Pompano Beach, along with other local dignitaries attended and were blown away by the students.
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