Charlottesville Waldorf School Press Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, October 23, 2013 – Charlottesville Waldorf School received a $5,000 grant from the Bama Works Fund
enabling CWS to purchase classroom furniture including thirty-six ergonomically correct chairs for the school's three orchestras and two choirs.
Brennan Gould, Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation said, “The Bama Works Fund at CACF was pleased to support music education programming that will benefit students throughout their lives.”
The choir and orchestra classes at the Charlottesville Waldorf School are newly outfitted with theergonomic chairs.
"Our students enjoy music classes, and these special chairs will enable them to bewell-supported physically, which is important because a healthy posture sets up children to make the most of their musical gifts," said CWS orchestra teacher, Emily Rosson. “The chairs will also reduce fatigue and allow students to focus on instrumental technique," she said.
When used in choir classes, the chairs encourage good posture, allowing the spine and hips to be in the same position while the singer is sitting as they would be while the singer is standing. This position promotes open rib cages in singers for optimal breath support and helps CWS students make beautiful sounds with their developing voices.
Music is integral to the experience of Waldorf students from their first days of nursery, when they sing along with their teachers as they clean up their toys, through the elementary grades, when they learn to sing in rounds and parts, and the middle school years, when they not only learn to sight sing and participate in multi-grade choirs and orchestras, but also study the physics of musical intervals and the sounds their instruments make.
All students at the Charlottesville Waldorf School begin to play musical instruments in the first grade and join one of the school's orchestras in the fifth grade, so each student will spend several years in these new chairs