For music education 'giant,' strings are instrumental

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Author: Carla DeFord
Date: Mar. 3, 2011
From: Diverse Issues in Higher Education(Vol. 28, Issue 2)
Publisher: Cox, Matthews & Associates
Document Type: Article
Length: 546 words
Lexile Measure: 1290L

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The year is 2000, and a study by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) warns of a shortage of stringed instrument teachers nationwide. In Massachusetts the situation is exacerbated by Proposition 2 1/2, which capped property taxes and decreased school revenues. Many districts in the state reacted by cutting programs in the arts, causing prospective teachers to avoid careers in music education.

Enter University of Massachusetts Lowell music professor Kay George Roberts. As an accomplished violinist as well as the first woman and second African-American to earn a doctorate in orchestral conducting from Yale University, Roberts considered the ASTA study a professional call to arms. The result was her decade-long crusade to bring high-quality, low-cost music education to the children of Lowell, one of the most diverse cities in Massachusetts.

After learning that ASTA was offering...

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