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July 09, 2006

Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School students in the Suzuki Strings Program participated in the American String Teachers' Association Certificate Program examinations on June 9.

Individual student performances were assessed by Hilde Singer from the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area and Rebecca Henry from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Each student performed beautifully and successfully passed the exam.

Currently, 45 students participate in the Suzuki Strings Program at Monocacy Valley Montessori. During the following school year, the program is expected to grow to 60. The program consists of two group classes per week during the school day and is free to interested enrolled charter school students.

A portion of the costs of the exams was offset by a grant received from the Frederick Arts Council. The remainder of the funds was raised by a benefit concert, held in April, and a 100-day practice-a-thon. Students practiced more than 900 hours over the 100-day period leading up to the exams.

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For more information about MVMPCS and the Suzuki Program, call 301-668-5013 or visit www.mvms.info.

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