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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- The Community Music School of Tradition is gearing up for a record setting enrollment in the upcoming Fall Term with a goal of 100 string students engaged in the Art of String Performance this year under the teaching of Dr. Diane Hope Float, Owner and Director.
Since opening last January, the Community Music School of Tradition swelled to 50 string students in the Spring and presented its' Spring Concert at St. Bernadette Church May 19th to a full cathedral of parents and admirers.
"This year, students will be required to play by memory and dress in full Concert Uniform in all our Quarterly Recitals and Concerts. I like to think of our School as a Preparatory School for Juilliard," Dr. Float said.
She has studied under such superstar violin teachers as Itzak Perlman, Stephen Clapp, Paul Kanton, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Donald Wellerstein and in the vocal department Judith Klurman during summer studies at Juilliard.
"They get the students to a higher level quickly with beautiful technique and repertoire," said Dr. Float.
While studying in England for her Doctorate, Dr. Float was recognized by Jean Harvey, Head of the Violin Department at the Royal Academy of Music in London, for her work with school orchestra programs in the U.S.
"I go to London three times a year to observe at the Royal Academy of Music," Dr. Float said. "Their student orchestras and teachers inspire me, and I always bring home new teaching ideas to the States for my programs".
She has modeled the Community Music School of Tradition after the Junior Academy of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Dr. Float is pleased to have her family assist her in the running of the school.
Her son Michael Float and son-in-law Wynn Nelson run the string instrument shop. Her daughter Michelle Float Nelson assists in the teaching program of the children and youth orchestras and her daughter-in-law, Teresa Float, is taking up the violin along with grandson Gabriel Float on cello.
The public is invited to attend the Community Music School of Tradition's open house and registration on Sept. 7 from 9- 11 a.m. at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 S.E. Airoso Blvd., in Port St. Lucie.
There will be a free violin drawing at 11 a.m. for all who enroll in the fall term of studies at the open house. This will be the last day one can register to study at the school until January, 2014.
The open house will have Instruments available as well as the music books and accessories. The cost of each 10 -week term for fall, winter, spring and summer is $199 per term or $20 per class hour. There is a non-refundable $25 registration fee and payment plans are available.
For more information, call (772) 345-2933.