There aren’t a lot of kids in the US taking up the mandolin, much less the classical mandolin.  That’s why Carlo Aonzo was blown away by the Mando for Kids program, started in Baltimore in 2010 by Laura Norris, Joyce Adams, Kitty and Lorin Brown.

The goal of Mando for Kids is modest – teach all elementary school children in America to play the Classical Mandolin. Currently there are 86 kids in the Baltimore program – 86!

Laura Norris, who is the First Chair of the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra and the Director of Mando For Kids, has written a full curriculum for the program – comprehensive and detailed, covering all stages of the students’ development.  The curriculum is ready, and Laura is eager to share it.

The program has spread beyond Baltimore.  CMSA co-President Susan McLaughlin has an MFK program in Regina, Sask., Canada.  And CMSA's other co-President, Sue Lesser, who started an MFK program in Seattle, is starting another one on Lopez Island, WA.   But Carlo sees much more potential and wants to spread the program as much as possible.  Mando for Kids needs teachers – lots of them!

To that end, Carlo is announcing a special two-day training program, running June 5 and 6 in Milwaukee – the two days immediately prior to his Milwaukee Workshop.

The cost is only $100, and covers two days of preparation and guidance from both Carlo and Laura Norris.  We are definitely hosting the workshop due to its importance and the requests we are getting!  

This is a unique method of introducing the mandolin to kids, and has proven a success.  Can you imagine hearing 86 kids all playing mandolin?  Wouldn't you want to be part of spreading that joy?  

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Some information about Mando for Kids:

  • Targeting Early Education Music Teachers - Violinists or Guitarists preferred
  • The Curriculum is written specifically for Classical Mandolin
  • Ideal for use in Elementary Schools, and continuing use into Junior and High Schools
  • Can be used to combine with String Programs or to form Mandolin Orchestras, and it adapts very well to Mandolin/Guitar Groups.
  • More information about the Baltimore program can be found here.

Tentative Agenda

Attendees will be sent a Review of the Program and Summary of the Books to review at home and prepare questions to bring to the Training Course.

Day One

Session One– 10:00a - noon - 

  • The psychology of MFK
  • Understanding the books and curriculum
  • Answering your questions

Lunch – noon to 1:00pm

Session Two – 1:00p – 2:45p

  • Understanding Picking 

Break – 2:45 – 3:00p

Session Three – 3:00 – 4:45pm

  • Application of Music Theory 

Day Two

Session Four – 10:00a - noon

  • MFK approach to performing

Lunch – noon to 1:00pm

Session Five – 1:00p – 2:45p

  • Understanding of the development of the Repertoire we use

Break – 2:45 – 3:00p

Session Six – 3:00 – 4:45pm

  • Playing the Repertoire

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