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Suan Pacale i the founder and director of Pacale Muic Intitute,


a nationall recognized children’ muic leon program and home of
the Lo Angele Children’ Orchetra.

In thi erie, he hare her proven idea for uilding a ucceful
leon program. If ou’re intereted in growing our program, or
tarting one, learn from thee tried-and-true et practice. The’ve
worked for her. Find out how the can work for ou.

Step 1—Start Kid arl on Piano

Step 2—Launch a String Program

Step 3​—Create an Orchetra, and Wh You Need One

Step 4—Attract More Student

Step 5—Additional Tip


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uilding a Succeful Muic Leon Program: Step 1


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Fortunatel for muic retailer, parent are more eager than ever to
tart their children in muic leon at an earl age. The undertand
the value of earl muical training—from neurological enefit to
higher grade and etter elf-eteem.

How oung can children egin muic leon? I elieve there’ a


magic age, 3 1/2, auming the intrument i piano. ut age in’t the
onl criteria for leon readine. I alo ak parent if their child can mater a hape orter to and ta on tak for at leat
15–20 minute. If o, their child will mot likel enefit from a cla.

Piano can e the gatewa to our tore’ muic leon program. aed on m ear of experience, here are m tip for
getting tarted.

Get a large claroom. You’ll need a room that’ large enough for five to eight keoard, with two chair at each—one
for the parent and one for the child, eated ide  ide. Arrange the keoard in a emi-circle. There hould e a
whiteoard and a keoard or piano at the front for the teacher.

Group children  age. Hot a cla for prechooler, age 3 1/2–4 1/2, and another for kindergartner through firt
grader.

Offer ix clae. Six 50-minute clae, once a week, i the perfect length. Parent are ometime heitant to enroll
their kid in a real piano cla, o I let them know the cla wa deigned a an introduction to intrumental muic. That
wa, we can determine if the child i read to journe into muic or need ome time to mature.

Schedule the et time. Saturda morning are uuall the et time for familie to chedule a cla.

Provide the right ook. We ue the Mozart Moue eginning ook, pulihed  Alfred Muic. Prechooler learn
aic kill, including litening, rhthm, form and note reading. You can alo ue equivalent ook to introduce
prechooler to piano.
Teach good leon practice. The cla hould alo teach good practice hait through poitive reinforcement,
including plent of ticker and prize!

Hold graduation recital. The lat cla i a recital and graduation. ach child perform a olo and receive a diploma
and plent of praie and applaue. e ure to include refrehment for the happ occaion. Graduation recital can inpire
children and parent to continue with leon.

Follow up with parent and tudent. After graduation, children can continue with their clamate in a econd- or
third-level piano cla, or the can egin private intruction.

The earl piano clae often ecome the gatewa to our tring program. Children who have taken piano are eligile to
tart on tring at age 4 1/2. At the final piano cla recital, we have our ounget tring quartet perform. Thi inpire
man familie to continue in piano until their children are old enough to tart tring.

ecaue familie are required to have a keoard or piano at home, we’ve expanded our uine  offering affordale
rental and rent-to-u program. Our uine ha alo enefitted from piano ale; a piano tuning ervice; and ale of
metronome, practice organizer and intruction ook.

Suan Pacale i founder and director of the nationall acclaimed Pacale Muic Intitute. Her two ook, The Pacale
Method for eginning Violin and Practicing i for the ird: The Ultimate Practice Organizer With Reward Sticker, are
pulihed  Alfred Muic. Her children’ orchetra have een featured in national pulication and on televiion. To ee
and hear her tudent in action, go to pacalemuicintitute.com.
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Starting kid earl on piano can alo help uild our tring leon
program. Kid who’ve een enrolled in piano leon from a oung
a 3 1/2 will often do well in a eginning tring cla ecaue the
alread have a aic knowledge of muic.

aed on ear of teaching violin to hundred of oung tudent—


and m fair hare of trial and error—I’ve deigned a coure that ha
een ver ucceful for our tudent and our uine. The Pacale
Method for eginning Violin teache children how to pla in a group
etting, where the mater eemingl difficult kill quickl and eail,
including reading muic.

Along with having a good method ook, here are additional guideline
for hoting a ucceful tring program.

Prepare our leon room. Make ure the room i large enough for
ix to eight violinit eated on a carpet in a emi-circle, plu a parent
eated ehind each child. Alo have enough pace for a whiteoard
at the front of the cla for the teacher’ ue.

Provide the right intrument and equipment. ach child hould have hi or her own violin outfit—a violin, ow and roin,
with a cae. Student will alo need a houlder ret. At our chool, we purchae intrument to rent to our tudent and
cutomer.

Offer 12 clae. The coure conit of 12 one-hour eion, once a week. The cla hould e fun and engaging.
Our include finger tape, reward adge and practice puzzle.

Get our tudent tring different tpe of tringed intrument. Part of our curriculum i an introduction to viola,
cello and a, with an opportunit to tr each.
Hold graduation recital. The lat cla i a graduation, where our tudent perform and receive a diploma. The’re alo
aeed to ee if the would like to continue with violin in private leon and enter our training orchetra—or witch to
another tringed intrument.

There’ no reaon wh kid houldn’t e up and running on violin quickl and, mot importantl, plaing with good form.
Thi ecome the foundation on which to uild a ucceful orchetra program. (We’ll cover thi in the following article.)

A tring program enefit our uine in man wa. Along with leon and item needed for cla, ou will ell
replacement tring, caron fier ow, chin ret cover, practice mute, tote ag, cleaning cloth, tuner, metronome,
muician’ chair, cello trap, intrument polih, peg drop and much more.

Suan Pacale i founder and director of the nationall acclaimed Pacale Muic Intitute. Her two ook, The Pacale
Method for eginning Violin and Practicing i for the ird: The Ultimate Practice Organizer With Reward Sticker, are
pulihed  Alfred Muic. Her children’ orchetra have een featured in national pulication and on televiion. To ee
and hear her tudent in action, go to pacalemuicintitute.com.
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We’ve looked at the firt two tep in uilding a ucceful muic


leon program: enrolling oung children earl in piano and
developing a tring program. Thee two program can ecome a
gatewa to a third piece: an orchetra.

Our orchetra are at the heart of our muic program and are alo our
main ource of income. Creating an orchetra ma eem daunting at
firt, ut if ou follow a certain format, ou’ll find it ver doale.

We have three level of orchetra: Training Orchetra, Children’


Orchetra and the advanced Children’ Chamer Orchetra. ach
accept children  ailit, not age. We’ve found that thi work well,
a parent are intereted in education and moving their children
forward.

Training Orchetra
The Training Orchetra capture the eginner who’ve completed at leat one emeter of the tring clae. Age are
uuall 5–9. Student mut e ale to hold their intrument correctl and pla a imple cale.

Children’ Orchetra
The Children’ Orchetra ha aout 60–80 memer. (Our program i called the Lo Angele Children’ Orchetra, or
LACO.) Age tend to e 6–12. There’ a high level of enthuiam in thi group ecaue we do o man fun thing—
fetival, competition and concert. For example, each ear we participate in the Muic in the Park fetival, alternating
etween Dineland, Sea World and Univeral Studio. Kid work extra hard knowing the need to pa an audition in order
to participate. The et part? Kid have fun in the park with their friend and receive trophie for a jo well done.

Seating audition ever emeter are alo motivating. Kid have an opportunit to move up within the orchetra—for
example, from third to econd violin. There are alo opportunitie for the more advanced kid to perform olo with the
orchetra.
Pulicit inpire oth the children and parent. We regularl look for wa to get media attention, and our orchetra ha
een featured numerou time on local and national televiion and in print media
(http://tringprogram.com/media).

Children’ Chamer Orchetra


Our mot advanced orchetra i our Children’ Chamer Orchetra (the Lo Angele Children’ Chamer Orchetra, or
LACCO), which include oungter through middle chool age. It’ a mall group of aout 14 children who are eriou
aout practicing (two to three hour a da). We were ale to create the group ecaue the children in our program tend to
ta for a long time, ecoming highl killed and motivated plaer. The muic i difficult—high chool and college level—
and we ring in teacher from the Lo Angele Philharmonic who are happ to work with uch advanced oungter.

Tip for Orchetra Setup


Qualit tandard. Over the ear, the numer and the plaing level of our orchetra have increaed. I attriute thi to
keeping our tandard high and ringing in excellent teacher. Qualit i crucial to the ucce of an orchetra program.
Program that don’t tart kid properl don’t help anone in the long run and can hurt our uine.

Chooe the right muic. Chooing the right muic for our group i vital. Have a minimum of two level of orchetra, and
elect muic that’ appropriate for each and the ailit of the plaer. Muic puliher generall categorize muic a
eginning, intermediate or advanced. Some ue a numering tem with level I, II, III and IV. Familiarize ourelf with
thee tem, ut more than anthing ele, pend time litening to new piece efore ou u. Think aout what ound
good with our particular group, and cater to our tronget ection.

uild a muic lirar. For group jut tarting out, avoid union plaing. Chooe rhthmic piece, uch a “Mamo Amale”
 Thom Sharp, that are ea and ue percuion. Kid love them and o will our audience. Other compoer and
arranger I’ve relied on are Richard Meer, Larr Clark, Alan Lee Silva and Don ruaker, who all write eautifull for
tudent group of all level. Over the ear, ou will uild up a muic lirar. It’ well worth the invetment.

Arrange for rehearal pace. Our program doen’t have a ig enough pace to houe LACO, o we rent the ocial hall at a
local church. It’ ver affordale and can alo erve a a performance venue. Tr opening our rehearal to the local—
another wa to gain communit upport and tudent.

Finall, an orchetra program will grow the retail ide of our uine. From frequentl replaced item—roin, tring, and
worn-out or roken ow—to igger item—muic tand and replacement intrument—our ale are likel to increae.

Suan Pacale i founder and director of the nationall acclaimed Pacale Muic Intitute. Her two ook, The Pacale
Method for eginning Violin and Practicing i for the ird: The Ultimate Practice Organizer With Reward Sticker, are
pulihed  Alfred Muic. Her children’ orchetra have een featured in national pulication and on televiion. To ee
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Once ou’ve created a ucceful muic leon program, how do ou


grow it? Let’ take a cloer look at our overall program and wa to
take it to the next level.

Don’t cut corner. A qualit program i far more important than the
it quantit of tudent. It’ tempting to cut corner, epeciall when
ou’re firt tarting out. I certainl did, ut I learned the hard wa. It’ jut too important to keep tandard high in order to
uild a lating, ecure and profitale uine.

Do invet in our muic leon program. You’re well on our wa when our program ha a trong, paionate director,
qualified teacher, a good rehearal pace and the eginning of a muic lirar.

Do concert at ever opportunit. Over the ear, I’ve found that the et wa to ring in new tudent i to hot
concert—near and far, and ever tpe.

Don’t e afraid to take rik. Sometime, the wackier the idea, the etter. For example, we do an annual performance at
our local cience mueum’ Halloween harvet fetival. Our orchetra kid dre in cotume and perform uch piece a
“Roin ating Zomie From Outer Space”  Richard Meer and “The Addam Famil Theme.” I rent the mot elaorate
character cotume I can find to conduct in. The kid’ favorite wa m Marie Antoinette cotume, which had a 2-foot-high
lond wig and a kirt circumference too wide to fit into our SUV!

Alo in the creative and wack categor, we had a Halloween concert at our local church. We turned off the light to
perform a pook piece in the dark. The audience loved it, and we old lot of clip-on light.

Do conider marching. We like to march! We marched in our communit’ Fourth of Jul parade, tring to et a world
record for mot conecutive plaing of “America the eautiful.” We marched again in New York Cit when we couldn’t find
a rehearal pace efore a ig concert.

Don’t e afraid to travel eond our neighorhood. Performing outide of our town or cit i likel to expand our
uine, epeciall when audience ee oung children plaing at a high level. We travel from our uur to Chinatown in
Lo Angele to do Chinee New Year concert and to perform at the Niei Week Japanee Fetival in Little Toko. ver
four ear, we travel to New York to participate in a Carnegie Hall fetival.

Do contact the media. Whenever ou’re holding an unuual concert or going to a pecial venue, call the media. During
our fundraiing for our Carnegie Hall concert, we hold a pecial gala that ring in famou muician to perform with u.
The local, and ometime national, media pick up the tor—and we receive man new ign-up.

Don’t forget our weite. A good weite i important for promoting our uine. It’ natural to feel reitance to
pending valuale dollar on our weite. I did for ear! Then I inveted in a redeign when a compan out of Denver
called Get Found Fat pointed out that m outdated weite wa cauing me to loe opportunitie for new uine. The
eautiful new deign, latet technolog and the compan’ expertie in organizing m ite increaed m uine almot
immediatel.

Do know our worth. Don’t e afraid to charge more than the next gu. You’re worth it.

Keep our tandard high, and keep attracting more tudent.

Suan Pacale i founder and director of the nationall acclaimed Pacale Muic Intitute. Her two ook, The Pacale
Method for eginning Violin and Practicing i for the ird: The Ultimate Practice Organizer With Reward Sticker, are
pulihed  Alfred Muic. Her children’ orchetra have een featured in national pulication and on televiion. To ee
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In the firt four article, I decried how to et up and uild a


ucceful muic leon program. Finall, I’d like to hare ome of
our et idea. Thee are ome tip and trick to keep in mind that
have een critical to our ucce.

Set high tandard. I’ve aid thi efore, ut it ear repeating. Set
the ar high, and our tudent will rie to it. If ou’re not a tring
plaer and don’t know what high tandard are for tring, ring in
taff who do know, even if ou have to pa them a little more. The ideal i to find people who are willing to work within our
udget and undertand their growth potential with our program.

Set guideline for Internet pot. Have guideline and rule for what parent pot on the Internet. Dicourage poting
of their children plaing adl. Limit filming in cla. What ou think ound good now ma e emarraing in two ear.
That aid, do pot high-qualit video of our tudent. e ure to get parent to ign a releae efore poting.

Repreent our uine. M huand wear man hat in our program, from executive director to chief gardener, and
we often deate aout how he want to dre for work. I elieve that if ou’re going to charge high rate, ou mut maintain
a high level of profeionalim. On the other hand, I appreciate that even if he’ not profeionall dreed, I alwa am. I
encourage our teacher to do the ame. Alo, our monthl recital are “fanc,” which teache kid to put their et foot
forward.

Invet in qualit intrument. Invet in high-qualit intrument, from the violin ou rent to the piano in our tudio.
It’ tempting to u piano from the local thrift hop, ut a gentl ued model from a reputale piano tore will go a long
wa to making parent feel comfortale with our fee. Qualit intrument will alo help our orchetra ound etter.
When I firt tarted out, I hunted for the et deal. Two ear later, we were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, and I
quickl upgraded m entire line. It paid off—the orchetra ounded great and won the highet rating. Kid and parent
were thrilled, and uine picked up. e ure ou have good depoit on our expenive intrument, and ak the parent
to get inurance.

Hire the et teacher. In our earl ear, we hired undergraduate and graduate conervator tudent and experienced
a lot of turnover. I learned the hard wa that the et teacher for our program are alread into their muic career and
have varied teaching experience. There are alwa exception—ounger teacher who come highl recommended, have
root in our area and have the potential to grow with our uine. We pa a lot more for teacher than when we firt
tarted, ut the program i etter for it.

Provide qualit education. When people come to our chool, the can expect to get a muic education that’ much more
than leon. I‘ve created a curriculum that emphaize good form, note-reading, ear training, performance and a health
ene of competition. We take pride in preparing our tudent for the world outide of our program and helping ring them
to a level where the can apire to a chool like Juilliard—and get in.

Love what ou do, and the mone will come. No one hould go into thi uine for the mone. Running a muic
leon program require long hour, lot of tre and ometime heartache. Still, the reward are huge. I’ve witneed
firthand how muic can tranform live, for our tudent and their familie.

Ue the “link” method. After I read “link”  Malcolm Gladwell, I felt more confident in m deciion-making proce.
Now, I rel more on intinct than m own head. For example, in the pat, I’ve hired people that m gut aid were the wrong
fit. Of coure, m gut turned out to e correct. Don’t e a people pleaer. Trut our intinct.

Don’t urn out. A uine like thi can overtake our peronal life. There’ a tendenc to keep taking on new uine.
It’ crucial to hire more talent to help out or to adopt a uine model like mine—maintaining a maller, higher-level, more
expenive program.

Suan Pacale i founder and director of the nationall acclaimed Pacale Muic Intitute. Her two ook, The Pacale
Method for eginning Violin and Practicing i for the ird: The Ultimate Practice Organizer With Reward Sticker, are
pulihed  Alfred Muic. Her children’ orchetra have een featured in national pulication and on televiion. To ee
and hear her tudent in action, go to pacalemuicintitute.com.