Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Riverside Middle School was recently awarded a $3,500 State Department of Education Arts Curriculum Innovation Grant (ACIG). Music teacher Thomasina Wolfe wrote the grant to fund the special project "Future Composers: Reading, Writing, and Performers as An Ensemble." These funds will purchase two acoustic electric guitars, and two electric bass guitars with both having the accompanying equipment; three alto recorders, three tenor recorders, one bass recorder; djembe drum set; top of the line gig bags, and other percussion instruments.
Riverside Middle has received the ACIG grants for the past three years. Those grants enabled Ms. Wolfe to purchase choral equipment and a classroom set of acoustic guitars, guitar stands, and guitar books. Beginning this year, Riverside Middle offers semester guitar courses of study to grades 6, 7 and 8 and is the only middle school in the district to offer guitar courses at every grade level.
The music program’s first performance will be held Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Middle School. A Community Service Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport.