Dear VTSP Families: I hope you are all staying healthy and having a good summer. We are still in the process of planning for the VTSP fall semester, but I have some information that I can share with you at this point. We have made the decision to do all teaching through online platforms. We feel that this method of delivery is the best approach for our students' and teachers' well-being, given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is what the program structure will look like for the fall: Each student will have a 15 min. weekly private lesson. These lessons will be scheduled at a time that works for the student and teacher. We will use a learning platform called Flipgrid that, in short, allows us to share weekly video lessons with students and students to record (audio or visual) the assignments for individual feedback from teachers. We will have monthly group zoom classes. There will be opportunities for small group zoom meet-ups throughout the semester to work on specific projects or music pieces. We will offer "office hours" for help with specific questions, tuning, etc. Instruction will focus on solo and small group music rather than orchestral music. This is a great chance for students to develop their solo playing skills! Students will have opportunities throughout the semester to create performance videos with piano accompaniment and peer collaboration using music collage software. We are tentatively planning an outdoor socially distanced "play out," weather and health safety conditions permitting. Throughout the summer as questions or thoughts arise, please be in touch. Registration information will go out in early August and classes begin the first week of September. We are looking forward to the coming semester and hope your students will choose to continue playing strings this fall! Molly Wilkens-Reed, VTSP Director
Graduate and undergraduate teachers, under the supervision of Virginia Tech Music faculty, give small group and individualized instruction on: violin, viola, cello, and string bass.
Classes at the VT location are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 pm for beginning and second year students, and 6-7pm for third year and youth orchestra students. Classes at Belle Heth Elementary are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Virginia Tech String Project is open to all beginning students third grade and up, no experience necessary.
Virginia Tech String Project teachers and staff visit schools to perform for students and allow them to try out the various string instruments with our annual 'instrument petting zoo.' Our general interest meeting for new parents is held after the school tours. The information will be sent home with the students.
Master Teacher: Yi-wen Evans
With the possibility of winter weather, please remember that when Montgomery County Schools close due to inclement weather, we will also close. Please check the VTSP Facebook page, email blasts, and/or WDBJ Channel 7 to confirm weather-related cancellation.
Instrument rental plans are available through Greg Bump at Rocket Music.
For more information contact Molly Wilkens-Reed
Want to know more?
Molly Wilkens-Reed is happy to answer your questions.
The Virginia Tech String Project is supported by the National String Project Consortium, NAMM, Target Corporation, The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, The School of Performing Arts, the New River Valley Friends of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Alan Weinstein and Patricia Raun.
To learn how you can support the Virginia Tech String Project, please contact Molly Wilkens-Reed.