Strolling strings in our schools is an educational phenomenon that has become a viable activity in today’s music and music education circles. It is a stepping stone for string students who normally might not be attracted to classical music. When students memorize the lighter music and get better acquainted with their instruments, a love affair and pride develops that eventually interests them in other aspects of the music program.
The Strolling Activity gives a student an opportunity to try to match himself both musically and personally with his peers as he develops a sense of his whole. It serves a real need to bring entertainment-type music to our string groups and audiences. This type of music helps students get away from typical “studied” intonation at the school level because strolling encourages students to play for somebody. The fact that a student knows a song such as “Happy Birthday” allows him to concentrate on playing in tune more because the occasion inspires a “final performance” feeling.
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