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 […]

Youth Orchestra Los Angeles

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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 […]

Hear Them Play

As arts educators in the United States look toward the Venezuelan example of El Sistema for inspiration about what is possible, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has created one possible solution. The LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) program reaches 1,000 kids annually. And as KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen found out, that’s just the beginning.

Building a Harmonious LA

The Harmony Project is a nonprofit that targets at-risk youth in underserved areas of Los Angeles. They promote positive youth development through on-going year-round music lessons and ensemble participation. Their mission is: To promote the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice and performance of music. To build healthier communities by investing […]