High quality instruments that are handcrafted by skilled makers from around the world are now available to students across America.

DID YOU KNOW that over 75% of CEOs of major corporations have had musical training? That music improves memorization and analytical thinking skills? That many of the greatest technical minds of today are also accomplished musicians? It's true.

     The shocking truth is that in America today, only 19% of school districts offer stringed instrument programs. A major initiative of The Amati Foundation is to expand stringed knowledge to underserved schools where spending per student is below $5,000, to expand knowledge of the stringed arts to underserved constituents, and to educate the American public on the benefits of music education, specifically that of violin playing with its long and rich history.

     To this end, the Foundation has created the Institute for Stringed Instrument Studies which it hopes to launch in the next five years. It is planned that ISIS will contribute interactive media, online learning tools, and knowledge-based information to school districts (both public and private) across America. These will be provided at no charge to schools and students meeting our criteria.

     The Foundation's Historical Collection will reach over a quarter million students, instructing them on classical music, the musicians who perform this music, and the various parts of an orchestra. Each attending student receives a booklet, "So You Want To Play A Musical Instrument," which gives unbiased advice on the best approaches for securing an instrument and beginning lessons.

     The Foundation undertakes research and shares the results of research at no charge to the industry. As part of the educational programs the Foundation is developing, workshops to bring instructors together to share and exchange successful teaching methods, thereby replicating successful programs across schools, can be facilitated. Finally, initiatives to discuss and educate the public on the history of the violin, and to share the latest techniques for the handcrafting and factory manufacture of stringed instruments is continually undertaken, including co-creating public events such as the Museum of Making Music's multi-month long exhbition, The Violin in America.

William Townsend Bill Townsend
William Townsend presents at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California.

     The Amati Foundation has been active in researching ways to increase attendance at orchestras. A global research project identified more than a dozen ways for orchestras to increase attendance. This work was featured in The Strad magazine and is available to any orchestra who requests a copy.

     The Foundation recently co-sponsored The Museum of Making Music's multi-month exhibition, Violinmaking in America. Foundation founder and chairman, William Townsend, gave a talk on the history of the violin in Italy and Europe and early American making to present day craftsmanship.

     The Foundation is currently working on a program to educate students in schools across the country via a touring quartet who will play on modern instruments made by a couple of the Foundation's Historical Collection makers. This tour will potentially visit more than 250 schools and will feature performances, discussions, and question and answer periods with the artists. Title sponsorship of this initiative is available. Contact the Foundation for details.