My students need four 1/8 size violins so that we can start violin playing in kindergarten.
My students did not even know what a violin was, until they came to our school. For many of them, this is their only cultural experience. I see the joy of learning music in their eyes and I want to take it to the next level.
We are in a Midwestern urban city where many students come from broken homes.
Transportation to and from school is a toss up everyday. Many parents are unemployed. The economy has hit the area hard and most people are not recovering. Coming to a school where the instruments are provided for them is a real Godsend.
As of right now, we start the students playing violin in the 1st grade. These 1/8 size violins will help me teach the basics of violin playing to our kindergarten students. Then the skill set will funnel up to our more advanced students. The more fundamentals we teach at an early age will help the overall program grow.
The earlier we start these students on violin, the better.
They will gain so much from playing an instrument, and violin allows students to do such a thing at an early age. The benefits from this project are endless.
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