NEMPAC is excited to announce a new program offering at the St. John School, an after school Strings Program for children in grades 1 – 3 and a JR Program for grades K3 – K5, beginning on February 2nd and running for 10 weeks. The class will be taught by NEMPAC’s new Suzuki trained instructor, Nicole Kootz, on Thursday afternoons. Students will learn the fundamentals of violin or viola, while developing their ear training and learning or furthering their ability to read music.
“We’ve seen much growth in our instrumental offerings over the past year at NEMPAC. We are very excited to extend this opportunity specifically to St. John School students. We’re hopeful that this violin and viola program will inspire student creativity in and out of school.” – NEMPAC Executive Director Sherri Snow.
Nicole Kootz joined NEMPAC as an instructor after completing her M.M in String Performance at Boston University in 2016. Before pursing this degree, Nicole was a faculty member at Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida, teaching group violin classes in an outreach program, and building a private Suzuki Violin studio. As a committed music educator, she has registered Suzuki training in Violin Books 1-3, with the intention of completing Book 4 in 2017. Besides running the St. John School Strings Program and teaching at NEMPAC, Nicole plans to continue developing ways to engage new audiences with classical instruments and music, and is currently also teaching at various studios in Boston, Lexington, and Newtonville.
This program will add new depth to existing NEMPAC programs at the St. John School, including the St. John School Honors Choir for grades 5- 8 led by instructor Alexandra Dietrich, and our in school music programming led by NEMPAC teaching artist Rebecca Whittington.
For more information on the program or to register, visit NEMPAC.