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Strings Concert Held at Dranesville Elementary School

The fourth and fifth grade students perform for family and friends.

Music teacher Allison Devereux speaks to parents and audience at Dranesville Elementary School during the February evening Strings Concert.

Music teacher Allison Devereux speaks to parents and audience at Dranesville Elementary School during the February evening Strings Concert. Ryan Dunn

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Isabel Castilla played the cello during the February Strings Concert at Dranesville Elementary School in Herndon.

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Martha Torres, fourth grade student at Dranesville Elementary School in Herndon sits at the edge of her seat as she plays the violin in the February evening Strings Concert.

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Mohammed Khayr sees his dauther Ikraam, a fourth grade student at Dranesville Elementary School, play the violin and demonstrate the D major scale.

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Grace Liou, a fourth grade student at Dranesville Elementary School plays the violin for her father during the February Strings Concert.

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Fourth grade student Emma Harris explains the D major scale on the violin to her mother, Lindsay Harris, a first grade teacher at Dranesville Elementary School.

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Seth Lovern’s daughter, Alexis, a fourth grade student at Dranesville Elementary School, explains the D major scale on a viola.

”It was a great evening for the kids,” said Seth Lovern. His daughter, Alexis, a fourth grade student at Dranesville Elementary School had just completed an evening string concert at the school cafeteria. “Her mom plays the violin, so she [Alexis] wanted to play the viola to be different.”

“I am very impressed,” said Lindsay Harris, a first grade teacher at Dranesville Elementary School and mother to a fourth grade student Emma Harris. Emma played on a violin in the concert. The string concert consisted of fourth and fifth grade students, with a showcase of the fifth grade students. The event was led by music teacher Allison Devereux who started teaching in Fairfax County in 2008, and is the strings teacher at Dranesville Elementary

The concert featured approximately 45 students who preformed basic string songs including “Seminole Chant,” “Olympic High Jump” and “Teeter Totter.”

“We had the students teach the parents the D major scale so they could show how music activates all aspects of the brain,” said Devereux. “Strings begin in the fourth grade in Dranesville Elementary, so I wanted to show the parents what we are learning, even if it is 45 minutes a week.”

On Feb. 25, students from Dranesville Elementary will participate in the Pyramid Chorus Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Herndon High School. To learn more about Dranesville Elementary School, visit www.fcps.edu/DranesvilleES/.