String Sprouts are FREE violin, viola and cello classes that aim to bring music education to pre-school-aged children in underserved areas in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area — and beyond.
A revolutionary music education program created by Ruth Meints, executive director of the Conservatory, String Sprouts was founded in 2013 by the Omaha Conservatory of Music as Violin Sprouts, adding Cello Sprouts and Viola Sprouts a few years later.
By way of carefully constructed curriculum, excellent educators, and continuous caregiver involvement during the course of five years, young String Sprouts students exercise both discipline and creativity.
With roots in the Suzuki Method and in El Sistema, the String Sprouts curriculum features unique compositions to keep kids excited to learn and practice basic music drills — repetitive sound and motion designed to provide a foundation for further musical ability. And the play-along orchestrations and accompaniments as well as videos also help with practice at home. Variations have also been created to allow for implementation of the program — including practice — as part of a school day.
Each year of the program culminates in a very special concert event allowing all String Sprouts classes to perform together with the Omaha Symphony.
In 2017-18, 14 lead teachers and 27 assistants taught String Sprouts at selected locations — THREE of them NEW! — across the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area, as well as in Scottsbluff, Neb.
String Sprouts is funded by generous individuals, foundations, and grants with the aim of changing the lives of children in underserved areas by providing them with high-quality violin, viola and cello instruction at no cost to caregivers.