On July 2, we held a training workshop for the new Val d’Oise schools that will launch our A violin can change the world project in the fall. Hosted by the Maison de l’Education Nationale in Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône, the one-day event allowed some 40 classroom teachers and violin instructors to get acquainted, begin working together as teams, and lay the groundwork for success in September.
After a plenary session on how the project works and what it seeks to achieve, the team of violin teachers from the Persan Conservatory shared insights from their first year at Paul Eluard, our pioneering school in Val d’Oise. The attendees also had a lively discussion on the challenges of evaluating the program—a critical factor in rolling it out on a large scale.
Participants then divided into groups to work out the details of launching A violin can change the world in each school, setting joint teaching goals and identifying the first ideas they will present to their students, both in the classroom and in their violin lessons.