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August 30, 2001

NEA grant has sweet ring for area kids

So you're about 9 to 11 years old and you seriously want to learn how to play the violin, viola or cello but can't find an affordable program. What do you do? Or perhaps you're a music education major and need practical teaching experience but can't locate adequate rehearsal space, yet alone afford to rent a symphony of wind instruments. What then?

Thanks to California State University, Sacramento cello professor Andrew Luchansky, the University's music department was recently awarded a substantial National Endowment for the Arts grant to offer low cost string instruction to Sacramento-area children. The grant will also cover costs to provide teaching experience to string music education majors.

The prestigious grant has been awarded to only 23 universities nationwide, with CSUS being the only school in California to receive the award. It will provide $10,000 a year for the next five years.

The University hired Thomas Tatton, a nationally recognized string music educator from the Stockton area, to teach and coordinate the program called the CSUS String Project.

The CSUS String Project is now seeking 60 interested 9- to 11-year-olds to participate in the program that begins this fall. Students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Prospective students and their parents must attend one of two informational meetings to participate in the program. The meetings are at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10 and Wednesday, Sept. 12 in Capistrano Hall Room 209. For more information call (209) 952-9367. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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