Another wonderful addition to the learning at Washington Montessori is the use of the Suzuki method of music. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki of Japan developed this technique that allows a child to learn music by following the same process that a child employs when learning to speak her mother tongue – simply listening and repeating. Ms. Michele Rhem directs the WMPCS music program which includes almost 200 violinists. Other musical opportunities such as lap harp, handbells, rhythm sticks and singing are explored. Each year our students perform at the annual Holiday Concert and at the spring KidsFest celebration. Of course, they can also be heard all over the campus any day of the week practicing and playing new pieces they are learning.