A violin can change the world
Since 2015

Through this innovative program, we’re fighting the social inequalities that keep children from succeeding in school.

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On Friday, June 4, reporter Marie Quenet interviewed graduating violin students at Albert Camus Elementary School.

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A violin can change the world

We created A violin can change the world to help as many disadvantaged children as possible. Our goal is to help them perform better in school by teaching them to play the violin—a challenging instrument—through regular, consistent instruction.
This sweeping experiment, launched in 2015 in Switzerland and in 2017 in France, will reach more than 5,000 students in 49 schools by the fall of 2021.
We co-created the program with national education officials in France, canton-level authorities in Switzerland, and our partner towns. We’re now working with education authorities to hand off the program and help them to deploy it on their own by 2025.

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A violin can change the world

Fast facts: Fall 2021


young violinists


violin teachers


schools in France


schools in Switzerland


children helped by 2025

A violin can change the world

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A violin can change the world

Project fundamentals


in disadvantaged areas


ages 4 to 8

violin teachers

are highly qualified

teaching method

is age-appropriate

3 group classes

a week, during the school day


each child has their own instrument

open classes

family members are welcome


is independent & scientific
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Back-to-school concert in Dugny

On September 2, the children in our A violin can change the world program kicked off Dugny’s first morning of classes with a back-to-school concert,…

Year-end training events

On June 21, Royaumont hosted a gathering for the principals of the 45 Val d’Oise schools now participating in A violin can change the world.…

Dinner for partners and friends of A violin can change the world

With the 5000th student soon to join A violin can change the world, the Vareille Foundation held a dinner for project supporters, with remarks by…

Graduation ceremonies at 3 Val d’Oise schools

Garges-lès-Gonesse At the close of the school year, the 8-year-olds at Jean Jaurès Elementary School in Garges-lès-Gonesse completed their 4th and final year in our…

Year-end concerts and graduation in Switzerland

Last week in Switzerland’s Valais Canton, participating schools in Martigny and Monthey held year-end concerts featuring the eight-year-olds* in our violin program. At the end…