The Blue Ridge Strings Program will introduce the study of classical music on stringed instruments to elementary age children in Floyd County.   Through hands on instruction and creative enrichment, the program will support growth and development by instilling a deep appreciation for music and specific skill in performance.

Co-sponsored by Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival (VBRMF) and The June Bug Center (JBC), the program will offer classes at the JBC for two hours each week.   The children will ride Floyd’s school buses to the JBC, and will receive an after-school snack before participating in a small group, one hour lesson and a musical enrichment activity.

Scheduled to start in the fall of 2017, the program will begin with violin instruction from a certified Suzuki instructor for 4th and 5th graders.  As the program grows, we plan to include classical guitar, viola, and cello instruction.

Instruments and snacks will be provided free of charge to those who choose to participate.  Tuition for students qualifying for free/reduced lunch is $60 per semester.  Tuition for other students is $120 per semester.  Scholarships will be provided for students who are unable to pay.

The creative enrichment program will be taught by guest artists and teachers.  Special “musical outings” will be available, as well as opportunities to perform publicly.

The program follows a model similar to the highly successful Floyd JAMS, now in its 6th year at JBC.  JBC will provide fiscal management.  A program director will handle organizational and administrative responsibilities.  VBRMF will provide financial and technical support.

Ways you can help the Blue Ridge Strings Program provide this special musical opportunity to Floyd’s children:

  1. Donate the annual instrument rental fee – $129.
  2. Provide a student scholarship  —  $60 or $120/semester
  3. Volunteer  —  assist with the enrichment program
  4. Text “Strings” to (540)692-3441 to donate any amount
  5. Mail  your check, made payable to VBRMF, to:    VBRMF, PO Box 757, Floyd, Va 24091.
  6. Contribute with paypal or you credit card online here

Let us know your interest or questions by contacting us at info@VirginiasBlueRidgeMusicFestival.org  or 276-952-6580.

JBC_Arts_RedLogo vector jpegVBRMF-web