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.
Second graders at Glacier Valley Elementary School — who started playing violin in kindergarten — play the cancan, blending melody, harmony, and rhythm.
Kindergartners from Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau, Alaska, demonstrate how to get into position to play violin.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Blakeslee, deputy executive director/COO, National Association for Music Education, discusses how the program at Glacier Valley Elementary promotes team-building and collaboration.