Re: Stringed instruments in school
I'm the product of a program not unlike Jamie's daughter; I went to school in Northern Virginia, and they started us off on strings in 4th grade, winds/"band" instruments in 5th. Is that because we Orch Dorks were so hardcore that we needed an extra year? Probably. Either that, or they were waiting for us to build lung capacity in the interim.
Originally Posted by JEStanek
Unlike other schools' programs, though, I'm willing to bet that I got more of a grounding in folk sounds in my formative musical years because our orchestra teacher was/is a fiddler at heart. We did a lot of orchestral arrangements of trad tunes, which was dang nice for me; it's probably one of the reasons why I play Bluegrass and Celtic and Old-Time music now rather than merely staying in the Classical idiom.
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