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Aug 02, 2012
Chicago, IL
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A representative group of Alegre Strings students at Merit School of Music has been invited to participate in the Suzuki Method World Convention this coming March 2013 in Matsumoto, Japan.

"It is an honor to have been chosen for such a unique opportunity and we are appreciative of the faculty member and internationally renowned Suzuki specialist, Michele George, for bringing this opportunity to Merit. This opportunity puts our students on an international stage and creates a unique opportunity and experience for these children," says Merit Executive Director, Tom Bracy.

The Suzuki Method World Convention is sponsored by the Talent Education Research Institute. The theme this year is "The World Will Be One, Joined Together by Children Making Music."

World Conventions feature events for teachers and students alike, with lectures, concerts, lessons, and master classes. The 2013 Convention hopes to bring together Suzuki students from through the world to play and study together.

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About Merit School of Music

Merit School of Music provides high-quality music education to students in metropolitan Chicago. Its primary goals are to help young people achieve their full musical potential, to remove economic barriers to participation, and to stimulate personal and educational growth through music. Merit School of Music was founded in 1979 to provide life-changing experiences for children through music. This year, the School will reach 7,000 young people at nearly 90 locations throughout Chicagoland. Merit is committed to helping children realize their full musical potential, while supporting them as they excel academically and grow personally. Merit offers a full range of music programming for children, ages newborn to 18 years, including early childhood classes; beginning, intermediate and advanced instrumental and vocal group instruction; private lessons; and ensembles. In 2009, Merit  added classes for adults to help even more people grow through music. Last year, Merit provided nearly $3 million in support to its students through program subsidies, need-based tuition relief, low-cost instrument rental, music supplies and more. Merit’s student body comes from more than 140 Chicagoland ZIP codes and is diverse culturally, geographically, and in skills and aspirations.

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