COAL TOWNSHIP — One of the most quintessential icons of music is being woven into the curriculum at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School.
Students in seventh to 10th grades will be learning to play the guitar in Robert Frankford’s music class.
The first set of students, in grades seventh and ninth, recently finished up the lessons to great enthusiasm, their teacher said.
“Overwhelmingly it was a favorite for the kids,” said Frankford.
Frankford said he doesn’t expect his students to be rock stars at the end of the semester, but is hoping to teach a few chords and fretwork so if they are at a social gathering and someone has a guitar, they can pick it up and play.
“If it’s something they want to pursue further, they have that option,” he said.
Frankford’s venture is made possible by K&S Music, of Paxinos, which donated four new Fender guitars after Frankford contacted them about purchasing two new guitars using school funds. The guitars are three-quarters the size of a standard model, which make them ideal for students.
“They’re perfect for the up-and-coming player,” said Dale Fahringer, of K&S Music.
Upon receiving the new guitars, Frankford did what most guitarists do — slung the shoulder strap around his neck and strolled around the Lourdes lobby, strumming a few chords.
Frankford was also helped by the Krebs family, who restrung and cleaned 16 guitars the school owned but had placed in storage for several years. Some of the guitars had become rotted and rusted, and the family used special wood polish to tidy them up.