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December 1st, 2015

Please assist the SJO to expand "Music in the Schools" programming to serve more students in Los Angeles County.

What the SJO provides to schools:

Help us to inspire and educate the next generation by assisting us in expanding our "Music in the Schools" programming to reach more students in underserved area schools. This school year, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra's teaching artists work with over 3,400 students each week in ten public elementary schools from Long Beach to North Hollywood, Compton to Culver City. Your contribution, no matter the amount, will have a direct impact in schools where there is little or no arts education of any kind.

Make a real and lasting impact on the quality of education by making a tax deductible contribution today.

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SJO's "Music in the Schools" Expands


Mitch Glickman teaching “Intro to Music” to King Elementary School kindergartners

This school year we have expanded our “Music in the Schools” residencies to serve new schools and have deepened our programming at existing schools. SJO will be teaching to over 3,400 students each and every week.

SJO has partnered with Turnaround Arts and the Herb Alpert Foundation to teach at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Compton. 

Turnaround Arts, created by the President's Committee for the Arts and Humanities, and the Herb Alpert Foundation, have partnered with the SJO to bring its weekly "Music in the Schools" residency program to Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in Compton.  Turnaround Arts is a public-private partnership designed to help transform some of the nation’s lowest performing schools through comprehensive and integrated arts education.

King Elementary selected the SJO's Kindergarten "Intro to Music" residency and 1st grade "Playing the Bells" residency for its students. The yearlong program teaches students such music fundamentals as solfege, rhythm patterns, and reading music, along with playing the bells (glockenspiel).


 SJO Teaching Artist Nita Sinaga teaching keyboarding to 3rd graders at La Ballona Elementary & 3rd graders at Goethe International Language Charter School learning to play recorders

In addition to expanding our "Music in the Schools" programming to new School Districts this year, we are also introducing new residency programs to more students at more grade levels in existing schools.

We have added "Keyboarding" for 3rd and 4th graders at La Ballona Elementary in Culver City, "Music of the World" for 4th and 5th graders at three schools sites also in Culver City and LAUSD's Goethe International Language Charter School, and "Intro to Music" for kindergarten classrooms at seven school sites across Los Angeles County. 3rd graders at Goethe are learning to play recorders through our 28 week "Recorder" residency this year.


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Founded in 2001, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American genre of symphonic jazz through its commissioning program, and inspiring the next generations of listeners through its “Music in the Schools” program, and Community Outreach Program.   Learn More