Stringbabies and some very special students Wed, Jun 04, 2014

by kay tucker | categories | all articles

I cannot believe how long it has been since I last wrote a blog entry! I am ashamed..
As you can imagine I have been busy. February and March is a very busy time for music festivals and I had my fair share of adjudicating to do, in venues as far apart as Norfolk, Northern Ireland and Edinburgh!
So there are a number of things to catch up on but I am going to start by quoting a lovely email I received from Conni Rogers, who has been using Stringbabies with some of her Down syndrome students in East Sussex. Read on…

I knew that Conni had been getting some astonishing results with her pupils..

‘‘I just wanted to let you know that in a recent pupil concert, two of my pupils who have Down syndrome, performed solos. Both were reading their music that I had transcribed into Stringbabies notation. D was playing ‘Jelly on a plate’ and J an open string Waltz. Both have excellent rhythm and their reading, speaking, motor skills etc. are improving all the time. I cannot tell you how proud I felt of all that they are achieving. They were fully included in the event featuring beginners right through to Grade 6 students and it was such a good atmosphere of love and support. We raised £345 for the Down Syndrome Development Trust.

If I get more DS pupils in the future, I will want to use Stringbabies with them. I think it is very good for the visual learner and I understand that most DS children are. I am so grateful for all that I have learnt with you.’‘

A sure confirmation that Stringbabies has stepped right out of the early years box I originally put it in.

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