“Instrumental” addition to music program

Music to many parents’ ears, kindergarten – fifth grade students were recently offered the opportunity to participate in bi-weekly violin classes before school on St. Mark’s Campus. Instruction began last week and is led by Corina Donica, a professionally trained European violinist who has performed as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician throughout Europe and the United States. Ms. Donica has taught instrumental music at the elementary through high school level, served as a principal leader of the Charlotte Slavic Children Choir and Orchestra, and currently teaches children at different levels to perform together in the Living Stream Orchestra.

Students are currently learning the proper positioning for holding a violin and bow, understanding and playing notes, and practicing how to be personally responsible for an instrument. They are working toward a goal of playing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” by December.

“During the school day, students are exposed to xylophones, drums, bells, ukulele, guitar, voice, and additional handheld instruments,” said Beville Anderson, Head of Lower School, St. Mark’s Campus. “Offering violin before school is a great addition to an already robust music curriculum.”