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Students from across the district began their first few lessons of the program.

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - Instructor Eri Nogueira teaches her class introductory strings on their violins and violas. At the end of the day at Uplands Elementary School, a bell rings and many students bop from the front doors into school buses.

But the campus doesn't stay silent for long. Soon, the sounds of string instruments fill the corridor.

The Lake Oswego School District Beginning Strings Program is an after-school program designed for students with no experience to learn an orchestral string instrument.

For three days a week, fourth and fifth grade students congregate at Uplands to practice either the violin, viola, cello or upright bass.

The program has revived after an almost two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are just getting started, learning introductory positions and strings.

In a dance, instructor Eri Nogueira leads a group of almost 40 students through flowing movements, from standing rest to the active playing position. The students follow close behind as they nestle their violins under their chins, fingers following Nogueira's instruction of tweaking the E string.

Soon the students will be taught how to pick up their bows, and learn their first songs. Their first concert will take place Nov.10.

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - Eri Nogueira teaches her class introductory strings.

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - A student plucks his A string.

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - An instructor teaches a student the proper hand position.

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - Students learn how to play the cello.

PMG PHOTO: MIA RYDER-MARKS - Two students learn their first song on the cello. In two months, they will play their first concert.


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