South Dallas Strings

Introducing South Dallas Strings

Fundraising begins for new after-school program for South Dallas students

Bridge the Gap Chamber Players is excited to introduce a large and innovative new project to be entitled “ South Dallas Strings.” This free after-school program will be offered to 6th-8th grade students in the South Dallas area, and includes an online modular learning program for basic musicianship and ear training concepts, as well as programs about string quartet instruments featuring videos by Southern Methodist University Music Education students.

Bridge the Gap has raised $8,000 in both in-kind donations and grants during the campaign’s first month, and is working toward an ultimate goal of $100,000. The organization will introduce the initiative to the community on April 11, 2015 during the Community Day at Fair Park. This event, open to the South Dallas and Greater Dallas communities, will feature chamber music performances by both SMU and South Dallas artists and include a drum circle, instrument petting zoo, and refreshments.

There is a lack of federal and local funding for arts education in the South Dallas area, as well as falling literacy and graduation rates. Studies show that arts education increases graduation rates and, moreover, music training equips the brain to think critically and solve problems in new ways. This program will also require good attendance rates in school, which in turn will drive up school attendance and help diminish conduct violations by providing a creative outlet and incentive to students.

Bridge the Gap is looking forward to using music to help transform a community.