A Note About Carnage Strings
Strings are for students interested in learning to play one of the string instruments: violin, viola, cello or string bass.
There are four strings class levels – Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced and GT Honors Orchestra. Each class includes level appropriate instruction in music theory, music history, music literature, proper bowing technique, positions, tone quality production and scales
Strings students participate in three performances each year and engage in educational enrichment opportunities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does my child need to have prior music experience?
No. Beginning students will cover basic music theory such as key signatures, time signatures, rhythm and relate notes on the staff to their instrument.
Do I need to buy an instrument?
Don’t let the lack of owning an instrument keep your child from the benefits of a musical education. Please discuss any need with the teacher. Instruments can be rented for a small monthly fee and the rental fee applies to purchase.
How often should a student practice?
A beginning student will need to practice DAILY for 20-30 minutes each day. More advanced students will need to practice up to 1 hour each day.
Will my child play in performances?
Yes. Students are required to participate in three performances each year. More advanced students are encouraged to audition for All State.
What should I do if I am interested in enrolling my child in strings?
Call or e-mail (919) 856-7600 or e-Mail:WMarecheau@wcpss.net
About the Instructor
Winifred Marecheau has thirty-two years experience as a music educator. He has taught in Charlotte, NC, Hattiesburg, MS and Las Vegas, NV. He holds both a Bachelors’ and a Masters’ Degree in Music Education and is in his 25th year of teaching at Carnage Middle School. He also holds Certification in Advanced and Gifted Education from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mr. Marecheau believes that “it is the responsibility of an educator to unlock the door of understanding which enables a student to learn.” He has worked with the All State and All County Orchestral programs for over twenty years. Mr. Marecheau is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the North Carolina Music Educators Association. He also the 2007 recipient of the Community Recognition Award for Cultural Arts from the Raleigh-Wake National Pan-Hellenic Council.
“Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and by studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective."
Bill Clinton, former U.S. President
The Carnage Arts Program
Carnage offers a lively Arts Program that fosters curiosity in and sensitivity to the world around us through the creative media.
Our Mission is to provide students with knowledge and skills that broadens their understanding of a variety of artistic vehicles in which to express their ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Our Goal is to have students experience works in classical and contemporary fine art genres, develop an appreciation of the role of the humanities in history and provide opportunities to display their talent and positively affect others through the sharing of their craft.
The Carnage Middle School Arts Department offers courses in Art, Dance, Drama and Music.
Fred J. Carnage G.T. Magnet Middle School
1425 Carnage Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610