International Minifiddlers program was started by Finnish violinist Maarit Rajamäki in the autumn 2012 to offer Finnish top-knowledge in classical music education to everybody – regardless the geographical location. During the 4-year pilot phase, which is ending now in the spring 2016, there has been participating groups from around ten different countries, i.a. Australia, Alaska, South Korea, Denmark, Finland, Israel and Germany.
Apart from the real-time distance lessons, during the pilot phase video lessons prepared by Prof. Szilvay have been documented on a weekly base. In total 120 Minifiddlers video lessons are documented and edited to form a comprehensive educational material for violin pedagogues. This educational material will be exploited to further spread the Colourstrings Method around the world, so that also in the future the pedagogues will be able to familiarise themselves with the fascinating world of Colourstrings.
The Music School of Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands, its two violin pedagogues and their pupils have been one of the pilot groups. The Faroe Islands is a great example how especially remote areas can benefit from the opportunities of distance teaching. A long-term pioneer in the island’s culture sector Mr. Ólavur Hátún had an idea to offer a chance for the participants of pilot phase, children and their pedagogues, to meet and play together, as they have been communicating this far merely through the TV screen.
Thus, the pilot phase of Minifiddlers will culminate next summer in the festival organised in the Faroe Islands in 9th-12th June 2016. All the children, parents, and pedagogues, who have been involved in the pilot groups, have been invited to the event. During the festival the children get to play together and the pedagogues have the opportunity to share their experiences about the Minifiddlers program. As a highlight of the festival, there will be a final concert on Sunday 12th June in the Nordic House. After the intensive rehearsal period the children and the adults will have a chance to become acquainted with the unique landscapes of the Faroe Islands. Around 100 participants from 7 different countries are expected to come to the festival.
We are looking forward to unforgettable music experiences and meeting all Minifiddlers in person!
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