MORE THAN 200 BALDWIN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE LEARNING THE VIOLIN, thanks to Georgia College music students like Megan Hill, who just finished her fourth semester with the afterschool Youth Enrichment Services (YES) program. Students learn the basics, including a few simple songs, and a greater appreciation for music.
“The most rewarding part is watching how much the students grow to love it,” said Hill. “Many other counties in Georgia don’t have a program like this, and it’s so rewarding to think that I may be introducing them to something they potentially could be great at doing. A few of the students have told me they want to be musicians. What could be more rewarding!” The experience has helped Hill in finding her career path. “I know I definitely want to be an educator, so this has given me an awesome opportunity to have classroom experience.”
As for her commitment to the program, Hill is equally passionate. “The YES program has been a perfect way to get violin into the school system. YES has done nothing but provide opportunities for students of all ages, from elementary school to college.”