Camp teaches more than musical notes


The NKU String Project is a camp for young string players of the violin, viola, cello, and bass, with one to three years of experience. The camp includes classes that focuses on large string orchestras, small groups, and musicianship.

The Master Teachers at this summer camp are Paul West and Dr. Holly Attar.

Attar, director of the Northern Kentucky University Music Preparatory Department, believes that music benefits the students in many ways.

“We find it to be a really important element to their upbringing, and they learn a lot of great characteristics through string music,” said Attar. “We make a daily attempt to work with them in small groups [and] we encourage that the students work on their character.”

According to Attar, The NKU String Project is one of 41 String Projects in the nation. They have received praise from the National String Project Consortium and have been featured on WLWT News 5, WVXU Radio, WCPO News 9, and KY Forward Magazine.

In March 2014, the NKU String Project was featured at the American String Teachers Association National Conference as part of the first-ever National String Project Consortium Pre-Conference.

The NKU String Project started in 2012 and has grown into a program with national recognition.

“I think empowerment is something that comes along with music instruction,” said Attar. “I think any time you’re learning something that requires you to have the courage to take a risk, even though you don’t necessarily know what the ultimate end will look like, you have to learn to be strong within yourself and be brave. I think that is an empowering thing.”

Brianna Jones