Music: Joy for the Journey

Music: Joy for the Journey

On Saturday, February 25th, the kindergarteners of Garden Place Academy took an important step: they graduated to the orchestra where real violins await them. Below are pictures taken during the event and Dr. Diana Howard’s thoughts on the kindergarteners’ achievement.


Photographs by Brigid Mcauliffe and provided courtesy of The Piton Foundation.


Dressed in their best, Garden Place Academy’s kindergarteners prepared for the event they had been waiting for …their “graduation” from paper violins to REAL violins!  There were excited families, beaming children …in all, 300 strong… hurrying down the halls toward the Garden Place auditorium for our second El Sistema Colorado Celebration.


Dr. Diana Howard

First, the kindergarteners performed with aplomb, singing all verses of A Fox Went Out on a Snowy Night, showing their expertise with rhythm instruments, and, with amazing precision, bowing their paper violins to Twinkle, Twinkle and Marry Had a Little Lamb with the accompaniment of a violist playing the tunes.

But most important, their faces glowed with pride and joy at all they had learned in a few short weeks of daily El Sistema classes. Read the rest of this entry »

Great Things Are Happening At Garden Place Academy

The post below is by El Sistema Colorado’s program coordinator, Dr. Diana Howard.  Dr. Howard is responsible for coordinating all initiatives in the Garden Place Academy community. She works with each of the teaching artists daily as well as with parents and community members. Most importantly, she has developed a special relationship with the kids after 5 short weeks.



Dr. Diana Howard

I wish you all could have seen the faces of our El Sistema third graders as they drew bows over violin strings for the first time!  Pure JOY… and the delightful surprise of possibilities to come!  It gave me goose bumps and great hope!

How, in our current news, can businesses and individuals donate billions to political pacs and at the same time allow… Read the rest of this entry »