Fiddle Music Workshop was an amazing experience

Commentary by Michaela King
Times-News correspondent

   Rain kept the players from performing outside, but it didn’t dampen their spirits during Alamance Strings’ Fiddle Music Workshop held inside Burlington Christian Academy’s gymnasium on March 19.
More than 30 violin and cello students, ages 4 through high school, played five selections of fiddle and folk music under the instruction of Amy Marsh. She is a graduate of Bob Jones University with a Masters of Music degree in cello performance and is a private violin and cello instructor in Burlington.
Since the age of 7, Marsh has had a love for music, especially cello and violin. A few years ago, she had a vision and dream of teaching to others the love of music. She studied the Suzuki method and wanted to find a way to bring the community together as a family.
About two years ago, Marsh was offered a chance to teach music lessons after school.
“I started out with about a dozen kids, then my second year grew, and now I teach over 30 private lessons each week,” she said. More than 50 percent of the students are from Burlington Christian Academy.
What made the Fiddle Music Workshop so unique is that these private students haven’t performed together before, but you never would’ve known if you’d heard them — the sounds were amazing.
“This is my passion and life,” Marsh said.
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 Michaela King is a senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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