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GRADE 2 & 3 AND 4 & 5 VIOLIN PILOT PROGRAM

Our music programs are open to all Simcoe County children/youth. They are free for those in financial need and have a low fee for those with financial means.

Requirements:

  • Willingness to learn, participate, be respectful, and attend lessons

  • Practice for at least 10 minutes 5 days a week

  • No previous experience or music reading ability needed

BEGINNER SUZUKI VIOLIN GROUP 1

(FOR CHILDREN IN GRADE 2 & 3)

Location: Allandale Heights Public School Library, 124 Bayview Dr, Barrie, ON L4N 3P4

Parent/Guardian Lessons:

  • Wednesday, January 24th & 31st from 6:10-6:55pm

  • These first two required lessons are just for the learning partner/adult in the home to help set you and your child(ren) up for success.

Time: Wednesday, February 7th until June 12th from 6:10-6:55pm (no class during the March Break)

Cost: $150 or free for those in financial need (cost includes lesson materials and recordings) (please contact sarah@glowingheartscharity.org for a sliding scale option)

Violin Rentals:

  • see below

BEGINNER SUZUKI VIOLIN GROUP 2

(FOR CHILDREN IN GRADE 4 & 5)

Location: Allandale Heights Public School Library, 124 Bayview Dr, Barrie, ON L4N 3P4

Parent/Guardian Lessons:

  • Wednesday, January 24th & 31st from 7:00-8:00pm

  • These first two required lessons are just for the learning partner/adult in the home to help set you and child(ren) up for success.

Time: Wednesday, February 7th until June 12th from 7:00-8:00pm (no class during the March Break)

Cost: $200 or free for those in financial need (cost includes lesson materials and recordings) (please contact sarah@glowingheartscharity.org for a sliding scale option)

Violin Rentals:

  • Quality/great sounding violin rentals available for $100 (Glowing Hearts Charity will cover this cost for those in financial need). You will be sent details after registering.

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Why Learn to Play the Violin?

1. Positively impacts:

  • memory

  • concentration

  • attention span

  • problem solving

  • ​coordination of multiple cognitive processes

2. Improves:

  • reading skills

  • language processing, speech

  • variety of brain functions

3. Gain self-discipline, build self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-awareness
4. Lowers levels of:

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • ​other stress-related health problems

5. Better posture, upper body strength, hand-eye coordination, and improved motor skills
6. Social benefits
7. Learn:

  • discipline

  • perseverance

  • time management

8. Long-term musicians have an enhanced ability to integrate sensory information
9. Emotional release and outlet
10. Academic success
11. And more!

Image of Janice LaMarre playing the viola

JANICE LAMARRE-VIOLIN TEACHER

Janice first studied violin and viola at the Young Artists' Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto. She won top prizes from the Kiwanis Music Festival throughout childhood, and attained diplomas in Viola, Violin, Music Theory, and Music History during her teenage years, through study with faculty of the University of Toronto. LaMarre went on to earn a Bachelors and Masters of Music at The Juilliard School in New York. LaMarre completed Doctoral coursework at the Manhattan School of Music and earned an Artist Diploma at Yale University.

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