|Tazer and Mr. Xia play Dvorak's Humoresque for Glacier Valley kindergartners|
In a span of five minutes, our kindergartners and their families witnessed the tremendous musical growth, stage presence and maturity that can occur when a child receives consistent musical support throughout his or her school years.
Glacier Valley Elementary School kicked off its first week of JAMM, along with two evenings of "paper violin" building for kindergartners and their families. The paper orchestra project comes directly from the Venezuelan free music education program, El Sistema, which has served over 1 million children. There, children and families hand craft paper string instruments so that young learners can develop respect, care and discipline for their instruments while also building basic musicianship skills, such as singing. Thank you Josbel Puche and Veronice Useche, both teachers at La Rinconada Nucleo in Caracas, for sharing this project with me and so many others.
Association of Alaska School Boards. Each were presented with a completed paper violin (see photo below).
|Kindergarten teachers, Kaye Peters and JoAnn Steininger, pose with Paul Douglas of the Douglas-Dornan Foundation holding his Paper Violin (photo by Ryan Aguilar)|
Sally Rue noted that the kindergartners at her table easily identified all of the parts to her paper violin, which the students learned in their first week of violin classes. Thank you, Lisa Miles, Juneau Suzuki teacher, for sharing your lyrics "Parts of a Violin" which is sung to Lightly Row, a Suzuki piece in Book 1. During this event, kindergartners also sang "Five Little Monkeys" with their arms held high above their heads to show their parents how they are building upper body strength through song and finger play in preparation for holding their real violin. Their favorite part of the song is at the end when the alligator misses the last monkey. They all sing, "Miss me, miss me, now you gotta kiss me."
|Kindergartners sing "Five Little Monkeys" (photo by Michael Penn)|
|Kaden helps his kinder buddy finish her paper violin|
|Ashiya carries her violin over to the table to dry (photo by Michael Penn)|