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Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project

29 INTERVIEWS

DATE:  2001-2002

INTERVIEWER: Lynne Weber

Interviews documenting the history of the Wayzata Elementary String Program, offered in the elementary schools of Independent School District 284, Wayzata Public Schools, Wayzata, Minnesota, from 1963 through May 2001. Begun using traditional methods and involving mainly only fifth and sixth grade students, by 1967 the Suzuki approach was being used and students in grades one through six were included. At its height, more than 500 children were involved, roughly fifteen percent of the elementary population in grades kindergarten through five. Support was given by the Wayzata String Boosters. The program was eliminated in May 2001 due to budget constraints.

The narrators are program teachers, administrators, participants, or parents of participants; the interviews record their impressions, anecdotes and memories of their involvement with the program.

The interviewer, Lynne Weber, was a Wayzata Public Schools cello and bass teacher who worked with the program during the 1998-1999 school year.

Included with the transcripts are an introduction to the program, with general description and background, and an outline of the program's structure; a history of the Suzuki teaching method; and a description of the reason for and method used in the oral history program.

LENGTH OF INTERVIEWS: 19 hours 

TRANSCRIPTS: 502 pages

Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Audrey Anderson
Audrey Anderson
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Gwen Armwood
Gwen Armwood
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Janis Beavers
Janis Beavers
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Donna Bill
Donna Bill
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Mark Bjork
Mark Bjork
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Carol Bryant
Carol Bryant
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Virginia Clark
Virginia Clark
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Barbara Fallstad and Russell Fallstad
Barbara & Russell Fallstad
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Angelique Gaudette and Danielle Gaudette
Angelique & Danielle Gaudette
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Jeanie Gaudette
Jeanie Gaudette
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Lucas Gaudette and Nicholas Gaudette
Lucas & Nicholas Gaudette
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Sandra Haines
Sandra Haines
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Ruth Hembre and Turi Hembre
Ruth & Turi Hembre
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Nancy Holmes
Nancy Holmes
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Kee-Won Hong
Kee-Won Hong
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Sunwha Hong
Sunwha Hong
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Sondra Wieland Howe
Sondra Wieland Howe
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Ted Hughart
Ted Hughart
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Rebecca Hutchison
Rebecca Hutchison
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Christopher Jantzen and Nicholas Jantzen
Christopher & Nicholas Jantzen
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Barbara Lamb
Barbara Lamb
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with David Landswerk
David Landswerk
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Kristin Leonard
Kristin Leonard
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Helen Loing
Helen Loing
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Michael Trewick
Michael Trewick
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Susan Urke
Susan Urke
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Elizabeth Young
Elizabeth Young
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Leah Young
Leah Young
Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with Mary Anne Young
Mary Anne Young