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CODA Partnering With Quinta Essentia, Offering Unique Suzuki Recorder Program

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Mar 31, 2016

Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA), a division of Wheaton College’s Community School of the Arts, is partnering with Quinta Essentia, an internationally renowned Brazilian recorder quartet, for an upcoming concert. This event builds off of CODA’s exciting work with after-school Suzuki recorder instruction – one of the few programs in the country offering this type of in-depth recorder training. According to Mary Halverson Waldo, North American Suzuki recorder trainer, CODA is “on the cutting edge with this [recorder] program.”

One of the few chamber groups using recorders as its main instrument, Quinta Essentia is considered Brazil’s preeminent representative of the instrument and the roles it can play in educational activity. During its concert with CODA, taking place May 21, 2016 at Wheaton College, Quinta Essentia will demonstrate the breadth of possibility that the recorder represents.

The performance reinforces CODA’s commitment to using the recorder as a dynamic platform for music education. According to Carol McNeil, CODA program administrator, “the Suzuki recorder experience is distinct, offering some inherent advantages over other beginning instrumental instruction. Both affordable, totable, and small in size, the recorder is a wise first musical investment for preschool and kindergarten students. Taught in the Suzuki tradition, priority is given to early cultivation of a remarkably beautiful tone.”

Furthermore, “because children start so young, parent involvement is key. Parents attend lessons and learn to be nurturing teachers in the home, overseeing practice sessions. As the years progress, children will be given opportunities to participate in recorder ensembles (mirroring what they’ve observed in Quinta Essentia) or to transfer their developed musicianship to a district band program.”

About Community Outreach for Developing Artists

One of the primary ways in which Community School of the Arts (CSA) serves the local community is through the Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) program. CODA currently provides no cost music and visual arts instruction to over 1600 children in DuPage County in 12 locations. All the public school districts and feeder schools that CODA serves reflect student populations of over 60% low income and over 60% Hispanic, Black, Asian, and multi-racial ethnicity, per Illinois Report Cards. CODA offers: Early Childhood Music classes, Suzuki Violin, Suzuki Recorder, Early Childhood Visual Arts classes, and Brush with Art for Seniors.

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