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The Junior Urban Music Program, or JUMP, is Orchestrating Diversity’s program for children ages 4-12 years old. It is made up of three different classes: Movement and Music, for ages 4-6, Beginning Violin, for ages 7-8, and Intermediate Strings and Winds, for ages 8-12.
Paper orchestra: Instruments will be fashioned from cardboard, crepe paper and dowel rods. Students get accustomed to the instruments by “play bowing” and singing as an ensemble.
The Beginning Violin class, for students 7 to 8 years old, is divided into four equal sub-groups. We will restrict attendance in this class to sixteen participants, and teaching the class will be one educator and three assistants. Thus, each assistant will be responsible for a maximum of four students, which allows the relationship between students and instructors to be hands-on and therefore more meaningful.
Intermediate Strings and Winds are set to begin in fall of 2013 for children ages 8-12 who are ready to advance from beginning violin. Similar to the beginning violin class, there will be assistants to help for each instrument, making sure that proper technique is established. The students will also play in a large ensemble together, which is a very exciting experience when all the symphonic instruments join together!