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Behind the scenes at Saint Paul Conservatory of Music
It’s rare to be invited into a public school classroom and bear witness to teachers teaching and learners learning. A few months ago, I had the privilege to be an ethnographer and hide behind my video camera as I observed Suzuki violin lessons in a kindergarten class at St. Paul City School.
As part of their Music for All outreach program, SPCM partners with public schools to bring music instruction and performance opportunities to people who would not otherwise have access to music lessons. It’s work that you can talk about and understand, but until you see it in action, it’s hard to comprehend how tremendous this outreach effort is, and how important it is for young musicians and their families. The focus and joy of these young musicians is extraordinary.
Musical Moments are a series of short videos I produce for the conservatory. Find them on SPCM YouTube Channel, and Face Book page.
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