Pre-School Program Adds Violin Instruction

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WESTFIELD — Bamboo Shoots, a full-time Mandarin-immersion school for children ages 3-6 based in Westfield, announced the addition of Suzuki-based group violin lessons for all enrolled students.

“We are thrilled to include this music program as part of the school year tuition,” says Danielle Marino, school director. Students will learn to play early violin repertoire, and classes will culminate with performances at the semester’s end.

Professional violinist and instructor Alisa Wyrick is excited to bring her passion for music to Bamboo Shoots.

“As a student at Hunter College Elementary and High School, I found that the discipline of practicing an instrument helped me balance my demanding workload efficiently,” says Wyrick, who went on to earn a double degree in Violin Performance and Sociology from Oberlin College. Her teaching experience has taken her from the Horace Mann School in New York City to the Newark public schools and even to Panama, where she mentored young musicians without access to formal music education.

“Alisa is a tremendous addition to our already talented and dedicated staff,” continued Marino. “We know that music study can improve a child’s sense of self-esteem and social skills, but studies are now confirming that music instruction positively affects academic performance. Math and reading are improved by learning rhythms and decoding notes and symbols, so this is a perfect complement to our academic curriculum.”

The Suzuki Method, developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki during the mid-twentieth century, is based on the principle that all children possess musical ability, which can be developed and enhanced through a nurturing environment. “Dr. Suzuki wished for all children to become fine human beings, happy people of superior ability,” says Danielle Marino. “We are so excited to bring his contributions to our students.”

For more information about Bamboo Shoots, call the school at 1-908-232-7011.

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