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Violin Program

  • Instructor: Mrs. Amanda Limón
    Drachman’s Kindergarten through 3rd grade violin program and 4th-8th grade orchestra program is taught by certified Music Teacher Amanda Limón, a talented violinist who played with the local group Mariachi Reyes de Tucson for 15 years. Mrs. Limón began playing violin in 4th grade and began playing Mariachi in 6th grade. In addition to Mariachi music, she has played with a tropical / high energy cumbia group as a vocalist and percussionist, and a charanga group (salsa with violin). 
  • Drachman Program
    Drachman Montessori is the only TUSD school that offers Kindergarten through 8th grade violin instruction to all students. Our violin program supports our school’s basic philosophy that all children can learn to play the violin. The program supports classroom instruction by building listening skills, self-confidence, primary motor skills, language development and memory. Led by our certified music teacher, Amanda Limón, all students at Drachman have the opportunity to learn to play violin and read music. Our K-3 program has more than 100 violins, ranging in size from 1/10th to 1/2. Orchestra students can choose from approximately 30 1/2 to 4/4, or full-size, violins to use while in class. All of Drachman’s students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade receive violin lessons from Mrs. Limón once a week. Kindergarten students start the school year on a cardboard “box” violin. They learn how to stand while playing and in rest position, the number of strings on a violin (4) and graduate to a real 1/10th or 1/8th size violin at the end of the first semester. A special graduation ceremony is held so parents can videotape and take pictures of the momentous event. All students then use real violins for the rest of their education at Drachman. A concert for 1st-3rd grades is held before the Winter Break, and again in the Spring, near the end of the school year.

    Drachman’s Orchestra Students who wish to continue learning violin after 3rd grade can participate in Drachman’s Orchestra, which is open to all 4th-8th grade students.

  • Benefits of Early, Continuing Music Education
    The benefits of an early music education cannot be understated. One study published by the journal Brain in 2006 found that just one year of music education, between the ages of 4 and 6, can improve a child’s memory and learning ability by encouraging different patterns of brain development. It helps develop the left side of the brain, which is involved with processing language and spatial reasoning. It is unclear how long the benefits of a musical education persist, but a 2007 study published in the Journal for Research in Music Education linked quality, ongoing music education to better scores on standardized tests well into high school. A more recent study published in 2012 in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that just five years of music education in childhood had a lasting impact on adults’ brains.

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