Chamber music education residencies in Boston Public Schools
Sumner Elementary, Roslindale
15 Basile Street, Roslindale, 02131
In 2011-2012 musiConnects began a pilot partnership with the Sumner Elementary School. We started with a class of nine first graders who received an introductory class in violin or cello twice per week. This fall of 2012, as second graders, these students will have private lessons, Music Circle and chamber music. musiConnects will also start a new class of first graders. This program is partially funded by the Boston Public Schools.
Elizabeth Stefan talks about musiConnects plans for 2012-13 at the Sumner: This year is very exciting because each of our Sumner students will be given private lessons once a week before school. The opportunity to have one-on-one time with a teacher will help them excel at a fast pace, as the teacher will be able to cater to how each individual student learns best. Each student will be able to use the foundation built during programming last year to further explore the sounds and workings of their instrument. The last week of each month, they will come together with the other students on their day and play chamber music together. This is a very important part of the teaching mission at musiConnects, as chamber music learning comes with an emphasis on teamwork, listening and communication. Josh, Laura, and I are very excited to be continuing our program at Sumner and are looking forward to a great year of music making!
With more than 87% of the student population at the Sumner School qualifying for free/reduced price lunch, offering opportunities that are free of cost is crucial. While the Sumner does offer general music to students in older grades, instruction is limited and the younger grades do not receive it.
musiConnects Programming at the Sumner:
Group introductory lessons in violin and cello
15 students enrolled and growing
Grades 1 and 2
Waiting List of over 50 students
"The teachers and staff at the Sumner are very excited to be starting this partnership with musiConnects, which will enable our younger students to participate in instrumental music in an inclusive, nurturing way."
-- Catherine MacCuish, Principal