Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Janis Beavers
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Janis Beavers and husband Steven Jantzen became involved in the Wayzata Public School District string program because of their own music backgrounds. Steven had played cornet in middle school and high school. Janis started piano lessons in kindergarten and as a high school student studied organ with a college professor. She served as church organist two years during that time. Their appreciation for music enabled them to recognize the string program as a wonderful opportunity to instill a love of music in their children and the Suzuki approach represented an opportunity to involve the family, working together to develop music education. The Jantzen children attended Redeemer Lutheran School thus necessitating that Janis provide transportation from Redeemer to the public schools within the Wayzata district. She always attended lessons, as the home teacher in the Suzuki method and in part because she wanted to enhance her own music education. Jantzen family participation in the program represented a balancing act, since Janis had to coordinate the demands of a private school with lessons, orchestra practice, before-school repertoire class and Touring Strings - all part of the Wayzata elementary string program. In addition, there was the need to attend all-District rehearsals before the two annual concerts and to participate in daily home practice with each child. Although the family had intended that their three sons participate in the Wayzata strings program, only Christopher and Nicholas were able to do so, since the district closed the doors to out-of-district students in the fall of 1998, before Theodore was old enough to enter string class. Nevertheless, all three children continued their study of strings on a private basis and as the Jantzen family grew it became increasingly involved in sharing music with church and community. Steven Jantzen is an architectural/structural engineer and Janis Beavers is a self-employed accountant working half time. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Janis Beavers begins by describing her surprise upon learning that children from non-public schools were permitted to participate in the Wayzata Public Schools string program. She tells about the structure of the program, including group lessons, repertoire classes, and orchestra rehearsals, and the logistical challenges of assuring that sons Christopher and Nicholas Jantzen, students at Redeemer Lutheran School, could participate in the Wayzata string program to the fullest. Janis describes the immense benefit of participating in an offering with so much peer interaction and the terrible loss when, during the 1998-1999, private school and home school students were denied further access to the string program by the School District. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Christopher Jantzen, age 12, eldest child of Janis Beavers and Steven Jantzen, is present throughout the interview and offers a few comments about the structure of the program and the Touring Strings' visit to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
19 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:56:23 running time
Creation Interviewer: Weber, Lynne
Interviewee: Beavers, Janis
Made in Plymouth, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Plymouth, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 06/06/2001
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 109
Accession Number AV2007.12.19
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project'

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