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School year 2020-21: Making music on a whole new scale

  We are delighted to announce that A violin can change the world will scale up dramatically in September 2020, as we launch the project in 35 new schools in the French département of Val d’Oise, northwest of Paris. Some 2,000 Moyenne-level students (four- and five-year-olds) in Sarcelles, Garges-lès-Gonesse, Gonesse…...Read more

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2020, the show must go on – virtually

  After weeks of distance learning, the Swiss and French children in our project were happy to rejoin their teachers and violin instructors before the summer break. To everyone’s disappointment, it was impossible to hold traditional year-end concerts safely, but thanks to technology and the creativity of the teachers, the…...Read more

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Young violinists welcome composer Diana Soh to Persan

Under the partnership between the Vareille Foundation and the Fondation Royaumont, composer Diana Soh will be a regular guest at Persan during this academic year. In a series of five visits to classes of seven- and eight-year-olds (Cours élémentaire 1, or CE1), she will compose a variety of pieces with…...Read more

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Introductory seminar for new teachers in Val d’Oise

On September 12-13, some 50 teachers and administrators from schools in our A violin can change the world project gathered at the Maison de l’Education in Val d’Oise, near Paris, for a two-day training program organized by the local office of the French Education Ministry. The basic principles and goals of…...Read more

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CNRS researcher chosen to evaluate violin project

The French Education Ministry, with its Evaluation, Forward Planning and Performance unit (DEPP), has chosen researcher Philippe Coulangeon to assess our “A violin can change the world” project. After becoming a professor (agrégé) of social sciences in 1992, Philippe Coulangeon served as a Research Fellow at France’s National Center for Scientific…...Read more

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