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Cesar Chavez Academy students learn violin from Wayne State University


July 7, 2011: An innovative program designed to introduce a larger number of Latina/o youth to violin in Southwest Detroit was launched this summer at Cesar Chavez Academy (Martin Street campus).


 The program is called Academic Learning and Strings or “ALAS,”  eaning “wings” in Spanish. The resources and expertise of Wayne State University’s Strings Project @ Wayne help students learn the importance of music and education. Two senior-year WSU students teach 40 Cesar Chavez students, grades 3-5, in four sessions about the rudimentary concepts of string music, instrument care and theory.


ALAS teacher, Maritza Garibay-Figueroa, says that students in her classes “bring excitement, passion and love for string music.”


 The program is funded through the generosity of the Detroit International Bridge Company and Saginaw Valley State University’s Partnership Office.


For more information, contact WSU Strings coordinator Elias Solis at 248.225.2054 or Cesar Chavez Academy School Leader, Cindy Taraskiewicz at 313.361.1083.



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