Strings Attached project - St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Strings Attached project began in 2009 to provide music education opportunities and music instruments to youth ages 5 to 17 through individual lessons, group lessons and public workshops in Ferguson/Florissant, North County and St. Louis, MO within the context of American roots music.
33 North Clay Avenue
Ferguson, MO 63135
working class families who lack the economic capital for music lessons, lack instruments and who don't have access to
school or church music education programs.
Benefits for youth involved via three educational modes are 1) skills development (individual) 2) participatory (ensemble)
3) presentational (community performance and recording sharing online.)
Youth personal development benefits include; being connected to others through music-making, developing musical
competency & literacy, becoming creative, personal expression, developing leadership capabilities, being publicly
recognized and having a sense of accomplishment which nurtures self-esteem.
The projects helps families become invested in education with music-making events. Students who pursue their music in
schools often find music education to be a reason to show up & stay in school. Music also leads to more focused
attention in classroom activity.
"This program has been amazing for our son! He enjoys music and it's teaching him the value of working hard and practicing."
"I think Strings Attached has definitely helped our daughter realize that just because something in school doesn't come automatically, she can do it - and enjoy it!"
"Strings Attached is teaching our daughter discipline and sacrifice. Her self confidence is increasing!"
"The experience at Strings Attached has helped with alone time and self worth, also with teaching how to do things independently..."
"She reading music much better and talks about writing her own music and recording a CD when she finishes her lesson book. She also told a Sunday school teacher that someday she wants to play in her class. She's also hoping to play guitar at the school's talent show..."