Blue Ridge Strings Program

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A nonprofit fundraiser supporting

Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival
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raised by 3 people

$4,000 goal



The Blue Ridge Strings Program introduces the study of classical music on stringed instruments to elementary age children in Floyd County.   Through hands on instruction and creative enrichment, the program supports growth and development by instilling a deep appreciation for music and specific skill in performance.

Co-sponsored by Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival (VBRMF) and The June Bug Center (JBC), the program offers classes at the JBC for two hours each week.   When school is in session, the children will ride Floyd’s school buses to the JBC, and receive an after-school snack before participating in a small group, one hour lesson and a musical enrichment activity.  Special arrangements were made to provide lessons during covid-19.

The program started in the fall of 2017 and provides violin and cello instruction from a certified Suzuki instructors for 3rd thru 6th graders.  As the program grows, we hope to include classical guitar, viola, and cello instruction.

Instruments and snacks will be provided free of charge to those who choose to participate.  Tuition for students qualifying for free/reduced lunch is $60 per semester.  Tuition for other students is $120 per semester.  Scholarships will be provided for students who are unable to pay.

The creative enrichment program will be taught by guest artists and teachers.  Special “musical outings” will be available, as well as opportunities to perform publicly.

The program follows a model similar to the highly successful Floyd JAMS, now in its 6th year at JBC.  JBC will provide fiscal management.  A program director handles organizational and administrative responsibilities.  VBRMF will provide financial and technical support.

Ways you can help the Blue Ridge Strings Program provide this special musical opportunity to Floyd’s children:

  1. Your donation of $180 provides the annual instrument rental fee for 1 instrument.
  2. Provide a student scholarship  --  $60 or $120/semester.
  3. Volunteer  --  assist with the enrichment program

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