Teaching ideas from a school violin program

Barb said: Apr 13, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
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Came across this blog which follows a Kindergarten class where ALL the students learn violin!

They start by making “paper violins” (from cardboard, but violin shaped) with parent or older student helping. It starts out pretty basic, and as they learn more is added to it so in the end it is a pretty complete violin (for a box violin). I think the continual building on their paper violins shows their progress and contributes to their understanding that they are getting closer to getting the real violins (albeit very slow progress), so they maintain interest. They look like they are getting a very good foundation for the “real thing”.

The teacher shares a lot of teaching ideas in this blog, with lots of photos and videos. Mostly El Sistema based, but the main teacher is a Suzuki teacher. I thought many here would appreciate taking a look.

There’s an interesting post showing the class’s reading and math test results which began (pre-violin) at below district average, and by mid-year was higher, and at year end continued to rise.

Barb
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said: Apr 16, 2012
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Thanks for posting that, Barb. That JAMM blog is really inspirational. Juneau is fortunate to have such a fantastic program.

At the end of the blog post that Barb linked to, there’s another link to a local newspaper article about the paper violins (which, as Barb noted, are the first step towards real violins for all students).

Barb said: Apr 19, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
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That newspaper article is a good summing-up of the program. The blog shows the step-by-step instructions for the violins, too.

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Barb said: May 2, 2013
Barb Ennis
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Cello
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I’m resurrecting this post partly for those looking for pre-twinkle ideas (even through the class is not a Suzuki class, I think there are some good ideas, and they do use a Suzuki teacher), and partly because it refers to directions for a box (”paper”) violin.

I found another cardboard violin idea/template HERE.

Just thought it would be nice to have both in this thread.

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Kiyoko said: May 7, 2013
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Love it! thanks for sharing!

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