Paper Violins for Kindergarteners

Excited kindergarten student shows off her paper violin on the drying rack

175 Kindergarten students from Garden Place and Swansea Elementary schools are participating in El Sistema Colorado this school year, receiving 15 – 25 minutes of violin instruction every day in school. Paper violins help introduce the young students to music, allowing them to master the basics of the instrument, such as positioning, bowing and handling, without endangering real violins. The instructional responsibilities are shared between the school music teachers and an El Sistema Colorado teaching artist. After the paper violins dry, fret boards, strings and other features will be added.

Mark the date for Saturday, November 2nd when Kindergarten students from both elementary programs will give a combined Paper Violin Concert (with the assistance of recorded music) and will then graduate and receive their real violins. Sandy Elliott, Katherine and Alex Martinez and other generous donors have contributed funds to help El Sistema Colorado purchase 1/16th and 1/8th violins for our new musicians.

Learning to the play the violin and perform is an enriching experience for these children in many ways. In addition to the excitement and fun of music, we know that music education provides cognitive and behavioral development that will help these Kindergarteners get a better start and be more successful in school, particularly supporting critical language acquisition and literacy skills.

Photo: Excited kindergarten student shows off her paper violin on the drying rack