Kids music

Saving Suzuki Strings of Augusta after 40 years of teaching kids music


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW / WAGT) – A local business has been teaching young children at CSRA to play their favorite instruments for over 40 years.

And like everything else, Suzuki Strings of Augusta is struggling to stay afloat due to the pandemic. They survive on a shoestring budget, which clings to its last thread.

“I have to be careful. Very, very careful,” said Amelia Lipham. “I think … I’m trying to think of the song.”

For the four-year-old, it’s about staying tuned. She is just one of the many students participating in Suzuki Strings of Augusta classes.

Her mother, Mary, says it’s groups like this that really give children a community.

“I think it would be very difficult for children to become a violinist or violist cellist without programs like this,” Lipham said.

But after operating for over 40 years, Managing Director Gwen Jenkins says they’re running out of steam.

“It’s very scary to think that we don’t know how to get things done,” she said. “Most of what sustains our group and the work we do are membership fees. “

She says that although they have found ways to continue classes during the pandemic, memberships have declined and they have been hit hard financially.

“Knowing that we weren’t able to find a way to fairly bill people for the group, just knowing that some families would feel comfortable, others would not … There is a fear that we let’s not be able to support, ”she said. noted.

That’s why they’re asking for help to keep them out of the water, providing students like Amelia with a place to learn, grow and play.

“Seeing the support from the community would mean everything right now,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins tells us that they don’t have permanent space for classes, so they rent places that have been difficult last year.

If you want to help Suzuki Strings of Augusta, you can contribute to their GoFundMe page.

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