Strings added to band program

Annunciation band

Will Rhoades uses all his arm length to extend the slide on his trombone while practicing with the Annunciation Catholic School band.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 17:54 PM.

At Annunciation Catholic School in Havelock, band isn’t just about trumpets and trombones.

The school recently expanded its music program, meaning students can now learn string instruments such as the violin, cello and viola.

Now, students from preschool through the eighth grade can get lessons with string and wind instruments.

“It hasn’t been offered at Annunciation ever and it’s a great opportunity, especially for the younger children to get involved with instrumental music at a young age,” said Elizabeth Thayer, instrumental music teacher at the school. “Previously, it has been only after school for band. A teacher from the public schools would come in and teach two days of band instruments to the upper grades, meaning third through eighth, and we have never had a pull-out class from their instructional day.”

The school has added 35 string students to its existing 35 band students.

Thayer said she has enjoyed taking on the challenge of teaching violin, viola and cello to the youngsters.

“I have to make sure that they can read the notes before they can do anything,” Thayer said. “My favorite age is about six or seven to teach them violin or viola because they are like little sponges. They absorb all of the information. They just want more and more and more. They love it, and they show passion for it.”



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