Mark Anton Singers’ Studio

Experience one-on-one private singing instruction from professional teachers and entertainers at Mark Anton Singers’ Studios, founded in 1981. This professional studio is geared for singers of all ages and vocal abilities to study and perform the art of singing in an environment that is supportive and nurturing. It is conveniently located in the heart of […]

The Day the Music Died

Music Education, a staple of  the Los Angeles Unified School District curriculum that inspired tens of thousands of students to pursue a career in the performing arts, died yesterday after a long battle with financial anemia. It was 159 years old. It’s the beginning of an obituary that almost had to be written this year […]

Keeping Music Education Alive in Los Angeles

It’s a statement of fact that the public school music education system in Los Angeles is beset with enormous problems. Simply follow the money trail find the main sites of the breakdown: state and local government, as they pertain to the education system.  But our lingering economic problems, 11% unemployment (still the third-highest in the […]

Billy Mitchell’s Inner City Music Crusade

Jazz pianist Billy Mitchell, founder of the Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club Conservatory, wasn’t sure at first if a classical music program in South Los Angeles would do any good. The community of Watts faced a host of challenges then, and still does: perennially underserved, claimed by gangs, in transition from African American to Latino, and […]

The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory of Music

After neighboring schools let out on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students of the Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club Conservatory walk to the Boys and Girls Club for rehearsal, if they are close enough; others are bussed in, to avoid runs-ins with gangs. For one hour in the afternoon, they practice on loaned violins, violas, cellos and […]

Dudamel: Kids are Pros

“Music is a fundamental human right.” -Gustavo Dudamel Gustavo Dudamel made music education one of his top priorities as LA Philharmonic music director. Even before he assumed the post here, he spent time with the LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) students at Expo Center south of downtown. And his first official downbeat as […]

Learning Music through Puppetry

Sometimes music education comes cloaked in a somewhat unassuming robe. For instance, did you ever imagine that you could learn rhythm, flow and coordination through puppet play? Well, music plays a huge role in puppet mastery. A good puppeteer can make it look like the puppet is actually singing just by perfecting their bounce and […]

Music Saves Lives

Perception of the potential of music education dramatically changed with the ascension of Gustavo Dudamel to international prominence in the early 2000s. At age 23, Dudamel won the prestigious International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg, Germany. His podium prowess had the likes of conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen (LA Phil), Sir Simon Rattle (Berlin Philharmonic), Claudio […]