Education Program at Doar Charter School


Education Program at Doar Charter School

Starting in the fall of 2012, the National Philharmonic will partner with the William E. Doar Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts (WEDJ PCS) in Washington, D.C., to provide an exclusive, groundbreaking music education program for WEDJ PCS students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

The National Philharmonic will be in charge of all music education at WEDJ PCS. Groundbreaking in its scope and approach to music training, the program will provide intensive, daily music instruction from highly skilled National Philharmonic musicians and music teachers. Included in the program will be daily Suzuki-based violin instruction for all kindergarten through second-grade students. Children in grades three through five will get daily music instruction in a new piano lab as well as vocal training and lessons on orchestral instruments of their choice. Students in grades six through eight who select music as their concentration will spend nearly two hours a day benefiting from a customized program for individual music projects. This collaboration means that the diverse students of WEDJ PCS will have unprecedented and unparalleled access to musical excellence at no cost to their families.

In addition to music instruction, National Philharmonic ensembles will perform for students at the school several times during the year. Special guest musicians from the Philharmonic will also teach music clinics throughout the year to enable music students to sharpen their skills in specific areas.

The National Philharmonic is one of three conservatory partners whose accomplished instructors will be teaching WEDJ students. WEDJ is also collaborating with the Kirov Academy of Ballet of DC and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. WEDJ PCS blends rigorous academics with world-class arts instruction provided by accomplished artists from renowned dance, musical, theatrical and visual arts institutions. WEDJ PCS is the only public school in Washington, D.C. to provide professional-caliber arts training for students in preschool through eighth grade at no cost to families. The school serves approximately 500 students. For more information about the school, visit

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