Bloomington-Normal, IL:​ 

  • ​Established in 2015

MusicScores! is currently offered at the following institutions:
  •  Classes meet mid-September to mid-May
  • Twenty minutes classes meeting twice a week
  • Classes have eight to nine children
  • Classroom teacher or aide assists violin instructor during lessons
  • Each site has one class set of violins (one-tenth and one-eight size)
  • Site provides a designated room for classes and lockable violin storage area
  • Instructors are Bower School of Music (Florida Gulf Coast University) music majors or adult string educators
  • All sites follow the MusicScores! Pre-K Literacy/Violin Curriculum described below
  • Cost per child is under $200 per year 

program description


c/o Naples Music Club

P.O. Box 112383  ​Naples, FL 34108

  • listening skills,
  • focus attention for longer periods of time,
  • pre-reading skills: Left to right and top to bottom of page,
  • recognition of patterns,
  • ​likenesses and differences in sounds and shapes,
  • thinking skills,
  • crossing the visual and auditory midlines,
  • memory and abstract thinking,
  • eye-hand motor coordination,​
  • ​fine motor skills,
  • AP and AT sight words, and
  • ​beginning violin playing techniques.
The MusicScores! curriculum, developed by Founder and Program Director Judy Evans, uses violin instruction to enhance the following characteristics:
  • Birth to age 5 is the most critical period for brain development.
  • Significant research regularly supports that appropriate education before age 5 produces the highest rewards.
  • According to Education Crossroads:

    • From birth to age 5 the human brain develops more rapidly than during any other subsequent period.
    • Children make remarkable gains in their linguistic, cognitive, emotional, social, regulatory and moral capacities, which serve as the foundation for subsequent growth.
    • Early childhood education can nurture early learning. 
    • Quality Pre-K has the potential to make a significant difference in a child's development.

music as a language and educational tool

  • Incorporating music before age 5 connects left and right brain, and therefore serves as an important educational tool.
  • According to a study conducted for ABC Music & Me, that reviewed scores of research projects on the relationship of music and learning in children:

    • The research provides strong support for including music and musical instruction in the early childhood classroom.
    • Importantly, (it is) not just for the value of the musical experience itself, but also because of the impact music and musical instruction can have on young children's development of language and early literacy.
    • Music improves reading, verbal memory, listening skills, vocabulary, and phonemic awareness, and is particularly useful for English Language Learners and children with disabilities.
    • Music is an effective means of engaging families in home learning, again particularly with ELL students​.

the importance of early learning

As a society, we have become increasingly aware of how critical the first five years of life are to the future development of children.
Countless independent research studies have validated that music reaches people -- and especially children -- at a deep level, including those who have language, emotional, and physical challenges.

Creating Learners through Pre-K Literacy/Violin


  • Program established in 2014  - 38 children enrolled

current program

  • Five Pre-K sites - Fourth year of program - 150 children enrolled
  • Children are taught in groups of 9 -10 by an adult instructor.


  • Avalon Elementary - Established 2012
  • Golden Terrace Elementary - Established in 2012
  • Parkside Elementary - Established in 2013
  • Manatee Elementary - Established in 2014
  • Golden Gate Elementary - Established in 2015
  • Village Oaks Elementary - Established in 2015
  • Calusa Park Elementary - Established in 2016
  • Vineyards Elementary - Established in 2016
  • Naples Park Elementary - Established in 2016
  • Over 400 Collier County Head Start children are enrolled in the 2016-17 school year.  Children are taught in groups of 8-9 by an adult instructor.