My students are a very talented and diverse group who are energized by learning how to play their instruments. I teach at a Title I school in Georgia, where many students would like to be in orchestra but cannot always afford to purchase an instrument. Being offered the opportunity to join orchestra opens up so many doors for them.
Our school places the performing arts high on its priority list because of the positive impact they can have on students' academic and social lives.
My students want to grow as musicians and attain a high level of performance. Many of them will go on to earn college scholarships.
Students cannot produce a quality sound if they are not playing with proper posture. Without a shoulder rest, the violin will constantly slide down the shoulder or cause the student to lean forward.
Bad posture creates issues with intonation, and makes shifting and vibrato much more difficult.
Students can also suffer injury if they play for prolonged periods without a shoulder rest.
Once we have this equipment my students will be able to develop their skills and perform at a higher level than they would have previously been able to do. The shoulder rests will allow us to focus less on fighting gravity to stay in tune, and more on making music!
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