Introducing music early in public schools


Amy Cele said: Sep 17, 2011
Amy Cele
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Windsor, CT
1 posts

I am preparing to teach my 3rd group of 4-5 yr old children at the public elementary school which I attended from K-5th grade. I was one of only 2 string players in my entire high school in the same suburban town. To date 60 children have had preliminary Suzuki violin lessons through the program which provides both instruction and instruments free of charge to 20 children, begining in their preschool year and continuing through kindergarten. The program is being funded by an foundation called POTE (Providing Opportunity Through Education). Here is a link to a video that I put together for a fundraising event for POTE. The editing and sound quality could admittedly be a bit better, but my main hope was to convey the heart of what Suzuki method is all about.

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Ruth Brons said: Sep 18, 2011
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
West Orange, NJ
150 posts

Well done, Amy.
I wish you the best with the fundraising,
and am totally going to be buying a barrel of monkeys soon!

Miyoung Mead said: Sep 18, 2011
 2 posts


Thank you so much for posting this. I was just having this conversation with my husband!
We were just discussing how we didn’t get exposed to instrument playing in public school until middle school. Granted, this was in TX and now that we live in Alaska, public school students are introduced to orchestra and band in early elementary schools.
I am so thrilled to have my son play violin and excited to get started on my younger son who is 3. He just turned 3 in May and I posted a new discussion thread last week, asking opinions if parents thought age 3 was too early!

You are the answer to prayer and thanks for the inspiration! Keep up the good work!

Barb said: Sep 18, 2011
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
685 posts

I am so thankful that our school district had a 4th and 5th grade violin program and string orchestras through middle and high school. Every 4th grade student was given the opportunity to try the Suzuki-in-the-schools type violin lessons with provided violins for a short time before the parents needed to rent or buy an instrument for those wishing to continue with the free in-school lessons. It changed my life, and a friend of mine, who was a foster child at the time, credits it as SAVING his life.

Keep up the good work!

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