COMUNIDAD DE ALEGRE STRINGS
“Comunidad de Alegre” refers to the Alegre Strings programs being taught at multiple sites in the Pilsen neighborhood. The students receive weekly small group instruction in violin, viola, cello or bass. Students perform at various locations throughout the city of Chicago.
With a 10-year history concentrated in the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods, Alegre Strings is an important component of our comprehensive and inclusive music programming. The Alegre Strings curriculum uses the Suzuki method of instruction while incorporating Latin folk music. The cornerstone of the Suzuki method is that children can learn music in much the same way they learn to speak their native language—through listening, imitation and repetition. The unique Alegre curriculum is a performance-based program, and students are trained as part of an ensemble that performs across Chicago. Parent participation is an integral part of the Suzuki method, so parent attendance is required for the first three years of study.