Strings added to band program

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 05:54 PM.

“The students still pay for reeds and stuff like that, but it’s at a minimum price. They pay like a $1 for a reed,” Thayer said.  “I can do a lot of the maintenance on the instruments instead of them taking it to the shop. I can save them the money and fix it myself and charge them just for the part and whatever I need to get for the instrument.

“The funds that I get from teaching Suzuki go toward the purchase of more books and hopefully some more string instruments by the end of the school year. I’m basically tithing the money from my private instruction directly back to the school in support of the instrumental music program.”

All the effort is worth it to the children, she said.

“Music is a universal language,” Thayer said. “First and foremost, it’s a language that can be transferred to any other medium be it language arts or mathematics. From day one I talk about the dollar bill, the value of a dollar, the value of two half dollars, and of four quarters. It’s a complete correlation between mathematics and music theory. They go hand in hand. They are going back to their classrooms and they are using these bettered skills to better themselves in the classrooms.”

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