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What if one approach to improve low reading, communication, math skills, SAT scores, college acceptance and graduation and decrease levels of truancy and college drop-out lay not in more classes, tuition, and discipline for the student, but in a tiny violin. Time to meet ‘String Sprouts’ and lots of tiny violins,16 inches in length, for students in urban and rural schools and communities all across the region. This five-year long program from 4 – 9 years old and built on sound theory and research, is the brainchild of Director Ruth Meints. The early results are astonishing, impacting students and their families, changing the paradigm and reframing the future trajectory of thousands of children in the community Ruth Meints became the Executive Director of the Omaha Conservatory of Music (OCM) in 2005 and in 2013 launched the String Sprouts curriculum. She also teaches violin and viola at OCM, conducting workshops nationwide in violin pedagogy and music education, integrating current neuroscience findings into music teaching. While at OCM, she has created many music education programs, the Summer Institute, Winter Festival Orchestra, a full music program at the St. Augustine Indian Mission School on the Winnebago reservation, and Inside the Mind of the Artist recital and master class series. Ruth received the Governor's Arts Award for excellence in arts education sponsored by Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
After graduating from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ruth received her Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Suzuki pedagogy from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with John Kendall, pioneer of the Suzuki philosophy in the United States This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx