Young Kindergarten Musicians Receive Violins

After working for several months to learn basic handling and bowing of the violin on paper mache versions made by volunteers and families, the Kindergarten students of El Sistema Colorado at Garden Place Elementary gave their first performance and then each child received a real violin.

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Students demonstrated their skills with the bow and played along to recorded music at a concert last Friday at Garden Place. With the help of donors Ken Luff, Ken Stiefler, Karen and Andrew Ritz, Debbie Norris, Jerry Danner and Trisha and Tom Lee, each student came onstage to receive a real violin. A big crowd of family and friends cheered on their young musicians.

El Sistema knows that introducing violin to kindergarten students can help jump start school readiness, including language acquisition. All 165 kindergarten students from Swansea and Garden Place Elementary schools receive El Sistema violin daily in-school, with an El Sistema Colorado teaching artist embedded alongside the school’s general music teacher. This year, El Sistema Colorado extended in-school violin for all 1st grade students at both schools. Starting in 2nd grade, students can continue their music education in our after-school program.