Positively Kentuckiana: Classical violinist now teaches young children


by Rachel Platt


Posted on February 18, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 18 at 6:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A music lesson that is "positively Kentuckiana," a classical violinist who used to play with the Louisville Orchestra, is now teaching young children to play the violin.

Inside the Presbyterian Child Development Center at Hancock and Broadway -- an unexpected sound -- the violin. Keith Cook, a classical violinist, teaches there.
Cook got his masters degree in music from the University of Louisville and knows its influence on children and what it does to stimulate the brain.

Studies even say classical music can improve test scores. Cook says classical music is so much more complex than pop music and it takes a lot more to process.

He likens pop music to sugar!

Cook works with children every Monday as part of the Arts Reach program through the Kentucky Center he also works with them on Saturdays for free.

Caring for that instrument as well as playing it helps to fine tune discipline in the lives of the children he teaches.

It takes time and patience to learn to play – and it teaches them perseverance, discipline and a sense of accomplishment.

And when it call comes together -- smiles, bows and applause for a job well done.