Youth orchestra may be key to classroom success

Posted: Tuesday, 18 August 2009

TROY – Ginger Zingara believes that music can be a key to success in school for students who are eager to participate.

Zingara, a lecturer in Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music, is the director of the Troy-Pike Youth Orchestra which begins rehearsals Tuesday at the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center Annex. Intermediate students meet at 3:30 p.m. and beginners meet at 5:30 p.m.

“The Troy-Pike Youth Orchestra is the only place within a 50-mile radius that a student can learn to play the orchestral string instruments,” she said.

More than just classes to learn to play, the orchestra has performed at the Johnson Center for the Arts and Zingara’s students have competed in talent competitions with their musical abilities.

Zingara believes participation in the Troy-Pike Orchestra has benefits that pay off in the classroom as well.

“In addition to the creative opportunities for the students to express themselves, many studies have shown that students who play string instruments have higher GPAs, higher test scores, are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, have fewer behavioral problems, and comprise a large percentage of the top 10 percent of their class,” she said. “No matter what type of music you like, string instruments are an integral part of all styles of music and Troy-Pike Youth Orchestra is the first step to expressing yourself through music.”

For more information, please contact the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center Annex at 334-670-2287 or Ginger Zingara at