Salisbury Symphony summer camp teacher brings out the best in young musicians – Salisbury Post


SALISBURY — The Salisbury Symphony has brought the art of music to the city for more than 50 years, with the intention of opening the world of musical expression to the youngest members of the community. And an educator has kept the joy of music alive in Salisbury’s younger members through creativity and lighthearted teaching techniques.

For Carter Bradley, who taught the Salisbury Symphony’s Summer Strings Camp for 19 years, providing an introductory course for children interested in music not only develops their musical talents, but connects the youngest citizens of Salisbury with one another. The week-long program offers students a walking tour of Salisbury’s art sculptures, outdoor time and a scavenger hunt activity, in addition to learning violin, viola and cello techniques . In the future, the organization plans to include the piano in the range of instruments.

“It’s a lot of fun teaching music,” Bradley said. “It’s a wonderful medium. My goal is for students to appreciate and understand music more.

Although the week-long beginner’s program is intensive, the musical director’s pedagogical approach ensures that children do not realize everything they learn in a short time. Students spend four hours each camp day with Bradley learning introductory tunes such as “Mary had a Little Lamb” and “Hot Crossed Buns”. The thing is, he involves the kids in the production.

“Just a little thing that we do every year is we change the song titles just to give everyone a little laugh,” Bradley said. “Instead of Mary having a lamb, she had an iguana one year.”

He grew up in Charlotte and began his musical journey in third grade on the piano. A symphony visited his fifth grade class and it was then that he knew he was destined to surround himself with the art of music throughout his career and his life. life. Bradley earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in piano and voice from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

His first teaching responsibility was teaching beginner ropes at Rowan County Schools, before the merger with Salisbury Schools in 1989. Bradley taught at Knox Middle School and Salisbury High School for 31 years, going back and forth from his home in Greensboro. David Hagy, conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, said it was impressive that Bradley had made such an impact on a town, even though the instructor lives 80 kilometers away.

“He’s a very kind and efficient teacher,” Hagy said. “He really makes the most of it with the way he teaches.”

According to Bradley, his teaching philosophy is a hands-on approach, introducing children to musical techniques with strings and using it as a way for them to enjoy the world of music.

Hunter Safrit, executive director of the Salisbury Symphony, first met Bradley during his internship with the music organization. He attended Summer Strings Camp and saw firsthand how Bradley worked with each class.

“Carter shines when he’s in front of kids,” he said. “He’s extremely hilarious. It’s hard not to smile when he’s around.

Although heavily involved in education, Bradley appeared in almost every concert of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, playing the viola. Hagy said the string player is the clown of the alto section, cracking jokes and making the other members laugh amid stressful rehearsals. His humor does not disturb the practice, but it lightens the atmosphere and brings more playfulness to the organization.

According to Hagy, “the best teachers keep a light heart.”


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