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St. Margaret Primary School Announces Expanded Strings Program

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass – Karin Loewen truly believes “that music is a gift that all children have access to and
when it is introduced early it becomes as natural to them as a first language”. Thus, she learned to play the
cello using the Suzuki method, which focuses on playing by ear first. This teaching methodology is ideal for
young students who usually are able to play an instrument even before they can read.

Ms. Loewen is in her second year of leading a strings program for the students at St. Margaret Primary where
even children who begin lessons as young as preschool and kindergarten have been successful. This program
is part of an all-school Suzuki Program that continues onto St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School and St. John
Paul II High School in Hyannis with a total of 27 students participating in all three schools.

Private Suzuki violin and cello lessons are available at St. Margaret Primary as well as a group class every
Friday. The group class meets during the school day and the private lessons are after school so that parents
are able to attend lessons with their children. Parental involvement is vital to students’ success at this young

“My favorite part about teaching is getting to know each individual child. I love the challenge of figuring out
how each specific mind works so I can cater to every child’s style of learning,” exclaims Ms. Karin Loewen. “It
is so exciting to see the joy on their faces when they learn something new and I am happy to be a part of each
child’s development as they learn not only to enjoy music, but get to experience the satisfaction of putting
time and energy into a skill and being able to do it well.”

Richard Fish, Performing Arts Director says, “I am blessed that my children attend St. Margaret Primary and
can participate in high level instrumental lessons as a part of the school. The Suzuki Method provides an
unparalleled opportunity for young students to progress joyfully on string instruments because it captures the
aptitude of the young learner where they are, developmentally speaking. Parental involvement, being central
to the success of this methodology, also provides the opportunity to bring parent and child together.”
Christopher Keavy, President of St. John Paul II, St. Francis Xavier Prep and St. Margaret Primary, adds, “The
strings program, under Mrs. Loewen’s capable leadership, has grown to be a great source of pride at the school.

Students develop precision, attentiveness, and genuine performance skills. No wonder our older students have auditioned
for and been accepted to regional music festivals such as Southeast Districts and AllCape. And we’re happy to see participation grow each year.”

Karin Loewen is the instructor at all three school locations. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance
from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Illinois and has been teaching Suzuki lessons since 1997. She
also has a home studio in Barnstable and runs a week-long summer strings camp in Brewster called the Cape
Cod Summer String Tune-Up.

For more information about St. Margaret Primary School, please call (508) 759-2213 or visit

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