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16-year-old African American Brooklyn student launches virtual music program for preschoolers shut-in

16-year-old African American Brooklyn student launches virtual music program for preschoolers shut-in


Gold Award Girl Scout Lavoneia plays violin

(NYCaribNews) BROOKLYN, N.Y. — In the wake of the pandemic and mentally damaging occurrences in our country, there is a bright HOPE and her name is Lavoneia Mayers.

Lavoneia has completed six weeks where she has inspired dozens of children ages 2-5 years to stay focused on their school work through her bilingual music appreciation program “Lavo’s Musical Speak and Play”.

Lavoneia partnered with her old pre-school Stuyvesant Heights Montessori School to offer her program three times a week to their students. She also offers a community version of the program where children tune in via zoom with their faces pressed to the computer as they enjoy the treats of violin performances.

“We are proud to have one of our own return to share her musical talents with the school,” said Tracey Mina Owner of Stuyvesant Heights Montessori, “Lavoneia is a brilliant bilingual enthusiast who has repeatedly captured the attention our preschoolers in a way that transfers into their academic learning.”

This summer, Lavoneia had plans to start working on achieving the “Gold Award” the highest award bestowed by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. However, when she and the rest of New York were disrupted with the “shelter in” this young leader decided to use her talents to launch the virtual “Lavo’s Musical Speak and Play”.

As an accomplished violinist from the famed LaGuardia School of the Performing Arts NYC, Lavoneia combined her love of playing music with her love for young children. Lavoneia developed a learning plan suitable for each age group (threes, fours, and five-year old’s) that incorporates playing their own toy instruments, singing, counting, dancing and interpreting music.

Lavoneia, who has played her violin on the stage of Carnegie Hall was inspired by a Carnegie Hall blog entitled “Why Making Music Matters: Music and Early Childhood Development”. The article examines the power of music in early childhood development and she was fascinated with the notion that she might be able to have an impact on children near and far.