Students become teachers at “Strings Share” concert

Marticville Middle School hosted a recent concert by Penn Manor elementary students that featured a twist – the show closed with audience members, not students, performing.

The January 17 “Strings Share” concert featured about 50 strings players from all seven Penn Manor elementary schools, who performed songs for their parents and family members.

The music teachers in attendance then directed the students to venture into the audience to teach a family member how to play their violin, viola or cello. After a short lesson, the family members then performed snippets of the songs they’d just heard, with direction from a music teacher.

The unusual ending allowed the students to show their families what they have learned, not just by performing, but by teaching.  You can see how things went by watching this video.

“We wanted to have our beginning strings players show what they know and experience the large group playing together,” said Jill Almoney, an instrumental music teacher at four district elementary schools. “You can see by the smiles that the sharing was just what the music teachers had hoped for.”

Many thanks to our teachers and their students for spreading the love of music!

  • Photo of students performing onstage.