During this hands-on workshop, students will learn about one of the oldest, yet currently used technologies. Constructed of — and embellished with — various woods, many of these instruments sell today for millions of dollars. The violin! First seen in paintings from the 1530s, violins are amazing amplifiers when featured as solo instruments. They also are the most prominent musical instruments in symphony orchestras and string quartets.

Students will examine the parts of a violin up close, discovering how sound is made through a vibrating, resonating chamber. Students will disassemble a real violin and bow, and then build a violin facsimile from the parts of the instrument.

Students will see cause and effect in action through slow motion videos. They will also learn that certain frequencies create visual patterns.

Put together our puzzle violins!

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Program Details

Program Category
Music | Program | Science | STEM | Technology

Appropriate for ages: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

Max Audience: one class
Costs: $170 for a 45-minute duo workshop. $530 includes a 45-minute duo performance and the 45-minute duo workshop. A projector with speakers is requested.


Nova Deco: Nancy Johnson and Dominique Corbeil

Nova Deco is a violin duo formed by Nancy Johnson and Dominique Corbeil in 2009. Wichita Symphony members and stand partners, the two violinists bring considerable experience to their performances along with the joy of playing and collaborating together.

Nancy Johnson has been Principal Second Violin in the Wichita Symphony since 2000. She is also on the faculty of Bethel College in North Newton, teaches private violin students, and performs extensively in the greater Wichita area.

Dominique Corbeil has performed with orchestras in the U.S., Europe and Canada. Currently Ms. Corbeil serves as Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Wichita Grand Opera, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Ms. Corbeil also has a busy teaching studio for violin students of all ages.


Wonderful artistry. Even our music teachers learned some new information.

J. Morton, Franklin Elementary, Wichita

Arts Partners | 903 S Edgemoor, Suite 907 Wichita, KS 67218

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This Organization received funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita 


Board of directors

Jan-Maeve Saggerson

Tim Rogers

Lai-L Daugherty

Teresa Seymour

Rodney Horton

Chris Wendt