Société musicale Claude Létourneau inc.
The SMCL is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make the learning of string instruments (violin, viola and cello) accessible to everyone.
The SMCL is a meeting place for all those interested in the Létourneau method. Created in 1965 by Claude Létourneau, a violin teacher at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, this method adapts violin techniques for use by children as young as 3 years old. It offers a curriculum grounded in Québec folk music and gradually progressing toward the works of famous composers. Over 40 years later, hundreds of teachers still use this method, which has introduced more than 40 000 students to the world of music.
The SMCL offers training programs using the Létourneau method (musical awareness, instrumental and musical training, and teacher training) individually or groups. It organizes concerts and offers feedback to its students through an evaluation system. In addition, every summer for 15 years, the Aimé Gagnon music camp has given children 5 years of age and older the opportunity for an enriching experience, both in musical and human terms, right in the heart of Québec City.