On November 25, we invited the parents of students in our A violin can change the world project to join us in the singing room at École du Bourg in Martigny, to meet with everyone involved in the project and review its goals, genesis and progress. We also took the opportunity to give parents a brief refresher course on how the violin classes work.
The presenters were:
- Pierre-Louis Nanchen, head of music education for the Martigny school system
- Michel Beytrison, Assistant Director of the Valais education department, reiterated his unfailing support for the project and stressed the importance of this kind of initiative for the canton.
- Hélène Vareille, President of the Vareille Foundation, discussed her own experience of the value of classical music education in the lives of her children and grandchildren, her commitment to the project, and its potential to help the young violinists succeed in school.
- Clément Dumortier (Projects Director, Vareille Foundation) and Pauline Daragon (Communications and Press Manager, Vareille Foundation), explained their respective roles in the Foundation’s mission.
Vérène Zay and Nadia Rigole, both teachers at the Valais Conservatory, reviewed our teaching method for the parents and gave a demonstration on caring for the violins and their accessories—case, bow, chin rest, rosin and more—when the children take them home.
Patrice Moret, superintendent of Martigny’s elementary schools, closed the program by praising the project—launched in 2015 by his predecessor, Raphy Darbellay—and expressing his support for it.
After our presentation to the parents and children, we gathered for a small party in the school’s main hall, where everyone shared their own experiences and reactions now that the children are several months into the second year of the project. The teachers of the participating classes—Rita Pante, Christine Moret Gross, Tiffany Lonfat and Coralie Moret—also attended.
The evening allowed all of the project’s stakeholders to connect with each other and laid a strong foundation for continued success in the second half of the school year.