The Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club Conservatory

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The Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club Conservatory was established in 2010 by jazz pianist Billy Mitchell, who saw a need to provide a supportive and parent-focused music program in South Los Angeles. Parents of music students are required to attend rehearsals and sign an agreement committing the student to home practice.

From the Watts-Willowbook Boys and Girls Club website:

This program is for youth ages 5 and up. The program uses the violin and cello as tools of creativity to challenge the mind. The program focuses on discipline, practice, and fun as youth are instructed bi-weekly by professional instructors. Instruments are provided for the 10 week session and their is a final recital at the end of the session in which family is invited to see the progress and work of their child.

The Watts-Willowbrook Youth Symphony, an ensemble of advanced musicians, draws students from over a dozen South Los Angeles Schools, including Samuel Gompers, Willowbrook, Markham, Southeast and Bret Harte Middle Schools; 99th Street, Carver, McNaire Elementary Schools; Figueroa Street, Barrett, Laurel Street, St. Vincent, and Amestoy Elementary Schools; and Vanguard Learning Center and Barack Obama Charter School.

A registration fee of $5 per year is required to participate in Boys and Girls Club activities, but no additional fee is asked for the use of an instrument or music.  Visit the Watts-Willowbook Boys and Girls Club website for information about joining the conservatory program.