Captivate Strings – the How, What & Why

St Aidan's Class 2I am frequently asked the question: “What is it that motivates your students so much about music and performance in the Captivate Strings Program?” (Catholic Education – Diocese of Parramatta, Western Sydney) In fact, I often ask myself this very same question in trying to ascertain what it is that we have done that really works in the implementation of this program.

Recently, I was privileged to be able to advise the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Ireland on the establishment of a strings/orchestra program in schools. This caused me to evaluate closely the ‘What, Why & How’ of our own String Things Program.

The String Things program is now implemented across 14 Catholic Primary Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta as a classroom music program. All children in the class (usually year 3 – 4) play a stringed instrument in the class orchestra. Extended learning pathways are offered through small group co-curricular lessons of 4 – 6 students taught by our specialist teachers on our Captivate Strings Team. Click here to read a more detailed blog post about the String Things program across 13 Catholic Primary Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta – Western Sydney.

One of the secrets to the success of this program – apart from very dedicated and motivated teachers – is our own authored and published String Things Teaching Method – Level 1 and Level 2. (Click on these links to see the overview videos of the Level 1 and Level 2 of the String Things Program) Also – we use very innovative eLearning resources to extend the learning beyond the classroom (Click here to read the previous post “The Flipped Orchestra – eLearning to Extend Musical Understanding and Motivation)

Click on the 4 minute video below to see the implementation of the classroom program, the co-curricular small group teaching and also our combined Captivate String Orchestra.

Captivate Screen ShotThe Strings Things Teaching Program including original music,
musical arrangements and media are authored, composed,arranged
& produced by Phil Rooke and published by
Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta © 2009 All rights reserved


About captivatestrings

Phil Rooke is a Teacher Educator, specializing in Music Education for the Catholic Education Office - Diocese of Parramatta, authoring & implementing teaching programs and leading music learning across a system of 78 schools in Western Sydney. "I am on a learning journey to find and invent better ways to motivate students and teachers in music making."
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