On March 16-17, we hosted a weekend seminar in Veyrier-du-Lac, France for all of our violin teachers and administrators from the Swiss and French schools participating in our A violin can change the world project. The primary goals of the event were to lay the groundwork for a set of “educational specifications” defining the skills our young violinists should have at each level, from ages four through eight, and to identify best practices for an effective, age-appropriate approach to teaching children to play the violin.
The intensive two-day program included presentations by experts, information on best practices, and group sessions enabling the violin teachers and the school administrators to grapple with the challenges they face in working with very young students.
Close cooperation between the schools and the violin teachers—all working together to build a successful program—ensures that the goals of the project are fully aligned with the goals of the schools.
When their work was done, the 60 participants had an opportunity to enjoy the stunning scenery surrounding the seminar venue –Les Pensières- on the shores of Lake Annecy. They attended a memorable concert (see a short excerpt here) by the Ambar group and then spent a long, relaxing evening together.
The seminar also deepened the cross-border friendships that have sprung up as A violin can change the world has expanded in Switzerland and France.