Geneva Schools Orchestrate New Sound Board Considers Adding String Instruction
Grondin, Kathryn, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Kathryn Grondin Daily Herald Staff Writer
Geneva school leaders are considering adding a new sound to the district's music program: strings.
School board members on Monday night discussed a proposal to offer students the opportunity to learn how to play string instruments, such as viola, violin and cello.
"We believe in our hearts that this program will grow," said Jane Gazdziak, assistant superintendent of instruction. "We know the interest is there. Up to this point, we weren't big enough."
But following the success of an after-school program last year run by two teachers, school officials decided to look into the logistics of offering orchestra as part of the curriculum, Gazdziak said.
If approved by the board next month, the district will introduce orchestra at the fifth grade during the 1998-99 school year and expand it to higher levels as students in the first classes reach those grades, she said. Eventually, it will reach the high school music program.
"The classes will be outside the regular curriculum, not state mandated, but necessary for a well-rounded student," Gazdziak said.
Other school officials agreed.
"We know it's been a desire and a need for a long time," board member Tricia Stewart said. "It's one of the positive aspects of growth."
Now the district has enough students to make use of such a program, she said.
Superintendent John Murphy said, "There's a real possibility of success. …