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Violin Camp for Youth

By: Amanda Humes
By: Amanda Humes

It's not your average summer camp. Children at the Lincoln Center are tapping into their musical talents.

The next musical prodigy could come from the Bryan/College Station area. Pre-schoolers and elementary students are learning to play the violin by ear and they've already learned a lot in a short amount of time.

"I've learned that there's a treble clef, a bass clef, and that there's five lines and four spaces on a staff," said Ebonee Smith, a nine-year-old violin camp participant.

Their instructor, Margrit Moores, says music education teaches self discipline, self-confidence, and self esteem. Moores also says she wants to expose children from lower income families to a different style of music.

“I’m using the Suzuki method to teach the instrument mental skills, the bow hold, the posture, the basic violinistic skills and also with that method we do a lot of listening so the children can internalize the music and learn how to play naturally," said Moores.

Moores says she is working with a great group of kids who are eager to learn how to play the violin. But there's another reason the kids like to come to camp every morning.

“I have friends here and I get to see them and I get to play the violin and practice with bows and stuff," said Lindsey Medina, an 8 year old violin camp participant.

The youngest student in the class is only 3 years old, but Moores says the younger, the better.

“The earlier you start, the more likely that you are to reach the potential of each child. Children acquire an ear for music and the feeling for the rhythm during the preschool years," said Moores.

The students will show off all they've learned at a concert at the end of the summer.


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