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Violin Basics

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JAMM school concert with paper violins

This excerpt from a JAMM concert at Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau, Alaska, features kindergartners playing paper violins together with older students on real instruments.
PDF video transcript: JAMM school concert with paper violins

 

Cancan

Second graders at Glacier Valley Elementary School — who started playing violin in kindergarten — play the cancan, blending melody, harmony, and rhythm.
PDF video transcript: Cancan

 

Kindergartners demonstrate violin positions

Kindergartners from Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau, Alaska, demonstrate how to get into position to play violin.
PDF video transcript: Kindergartners demo violin positions

 

Bow-hold games

Samuel Marchán, artistic director of the Union City Music Project in New Jersey, leads young violin students, who have only recently graduated from the paper orchestra, through games designed to strengthen bow hold.
PDF video transcript: Bow hold games

 

Erik Holmgren on the paper violin orchestra in Venezuela

Erik Holmgren, former director of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory, discusses how children in Venezuela learn to perform in an ensemble by singing while playing paper violins.
PDF video transcript: Erik Holmgren on the paper violin orchestra in Venezuela

 

Judith Hill Bose on the development of Sistema-inspired programs in schools

Judith Hill Bose, director of educational initiatives, Longy School of Music at Bard College, discusses how the kindergarten violin program at Glacier Valley Elementary is serving a community need as an academic intervention.
PDF video transcript: Judith Hill Bose on the development of Sistema-inspired programs in schools

 

Michael Blakeslee on the connection between El Sistema and the national music standards

Michael Blakeslee, deputy executive director/COO, National Association for Music Education, discusses how the program at Glacier Valley Elementary promotes team-building and collaboration.
PDF video transcript: Michael Blakeslee on the connection between El Sistema and the national music standards

 

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