The strings class has been transferred to the trailers this year as a result of the creation of the dance classes into a two-semester class, moving strings out of their traditional classroom space in the dance room.
Junior Julia Hubbard, who plays the cello, expressed that several of her classmates, including herself, are disappointed with the size of the trailer in comparison to the dance room. However, she also feels that it is a learning experience for all of them because they are now having to cope with the smaller location.
“(The move) was necessary, but it is extremely uncomfortable and very cramped,” Hubbard said. “It is a good opportunity to show students that sometimes you don’t get what you want and that there are sacrifices to be made.”
Another change facing the strings class this year is the appointment of a new teacher, Elizabeth Terry. Not only does she teach strings at Roberson, but also at Valley Springs Middle School and Koontz Intermediate School.
Terry said that there are pros and cons to having the trailers as their new practicing space. Despite the space concerns, she is excited that the class now has their own room to practice in, which they don’t have to share with any additional classes.
“The mobiles are our own space. We don’t have to break down and set up every day, and we don’t have to worry about other people’s stuff,” Terry said.
In addition to being moved due to the dance class’ schedule change, strings students also indicated that they were moved because of their instruments’ damage to the dance floors. Scuffs, marks, and dents from instruments were left on the floor, which is detrimental to the dancers who need their floor to be in good condition.
Violinist, Senior Theodore Frater accepts the fact that the trailers are not the ideal space, but they are better than being in the dance room and messing up their floors.
“(Dance) has a special dance floor, and it got really messed up last year, in part due to our stands and chairs, and in part due to some flooding. I’d say that the move is for the better, because dance really needs their special floor, and I think it’s time we start working towards our own space,” Frater said.