Salem can almost hear the sweet sound of strings at schools
“It was one of the most outstanding high school musical performances I had ever seen,” said board member Pamela Berry. From that point forward, Berry and the other board members began a push to start a strings program in the Salem School District.
“For many years, there has been an interest in beginning a strings program at the elementary school level that can eventually grow into a strings program here at the high school,” said Superintendent Michael Delahanty. “I’ve been talking with Mr. (Marty) Claussen, our band director at the high school, who for many years has desired a strings program. I think it will augment the wonderful music program we have, which culminates with the award-winning marching band at Salem High School.”
“She comes to us very highly regarded,” said Delahanty.
There will be no cost to the district, as the cost of the instructor and instrument rentals will be borne by the students. Delahanty estimated the cost would be about $25 per student per month.
Board member Michael Carney asked whether the program would be open only to fourth-graders in future years or whether students would be able to continue with the program through the years.
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