Calida Jones is a music education consultant and was most recently the Artistic Director of Bravo Waterbury, a successful El Sistema inspired program in Waterbury, CT. Calida started this program expanded it to two sites, created the curriculum and systems, worked on development for the program, all the while teaching and managing ALL aspects of this grassroots organization. Previously to beginning Bravo, Calida was the Director of the Blue Hills Suzuki Program, where she created, managed and maintained partnership with three schools in the Hartford Public Schools. Calida was very instrumental in family education in this program. As a Suzuki violin teacher in the West Hartford Public School system from 2008-2012, Calida created musical strategies, ensembles, lesson programs and curriculum for various schools within the public school system. Calida has served as a string teacher and mentor in various other programs and has used these experiences to help develop her strong and defined way of teaching.