The Journal Gazette
Monday, January 25, 2021 1:40 am

Education notebook

Museum opens doors to student violinists

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

For students of three Fort Wayne elementary schools, a Saturday visit to Science Central is less about the museum's exhibits and more about the music they can make.

Science Central is hosting musicians from Waynedale, South Wayne and Forest Park elementary schools as they participate in Club Orchestra – also called Club O – through the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

The museum is delighted for the opportunity to welcome the second through fifth graders, said Amy Alexander, Science Central's education director.

“My own children have been heavily involved in music, and I understand how much more music is than notes on a page,” Alexander said in a statement.

Club O is in its fourth season in its partnership with Fort Wayne Community Schools. It aims to empower children by providing intensive orchestra training that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence and instills the value of social responsibility, said Emily Shannon, the Philharmonic's marketing and public relations director.

Participants typically begin by learning to read music and follow a director before graduating to the violin, Shannon said. However, she added, students began their studies with violins this year because of a delayed start and meeting with their teaching artists only once a week.

The new partnership with Science Central is for the program's 3rd Saturday events, which give the students the opportunity to join with their peers from the other participating schools, Shannon said.

Churches previously hosted 3rd Saturday activities, she said, noting the museum offers a convenient downtown location with ample rehearsal space.

“It offers a great learning environment that excites the students and offers them accessibility to their exhibits and lectures they might not otherwise receive,” Shannon said by email.

The season culminates with a concert featuring the combined schools, Shannon said. This year, she said, Science Central will host that performance, which will be accessible virtually to the students' families and friends. 


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• The newest episode of Trine's Faculty Focus podcast features members of the Center for Teaching Excellence discuss challenges educators have faced as a result of the pandemic, and they share highlights of presentations they will give at the Fort Wayne Teaching and Learning Conference. The podcast is available at as well as on and platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.

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