"MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS" PROGRAM
We bring much-needed TK through 5th grade music education to classrooms throughout Los Angeles County. “Music in the Schools” focuses on schools in under-resourced neighborhoods, and teaches rhythm, note reading, solfege, music culture and history weekly through our year-long program. Our curriculum integrates with and enhances students’ understanding of math, reading, science, history, and creative writing.
WHAT EDUCATORS ARE SAYING
"Great job! I've never witnessed music taught at a high level with a kindergarten class. I can tell the program has high expectations from their students."
Florence Griffith Joyner School Kindergarten Teacher
OUR RESIDENCY PROGRAMS
FUN WITH MUSIC
In this 26-week residency, students are introduced to singing and instruments, learn solfege, dances, and songs with movement and the basics of rhythm.
Option for 2nd-3rd Grades
In this 26-week residency, students build on their music reading skills, playing more advanced songs for the glockenspiel (bells). Repertoire includes "Twinkle Twinkle," "Happy Birthday"and "Jazzy Little Tune."
MUSIC OF AMERICA
In this 13-week program, students
will explore American history alongside American music history – from the British influence to Stephen Foster, ragtime to R&B, blues to bebop, rock to hip hop, musical theater, radio, film, television, and more.
INTRO TO MUSIC
In this 26-week residency, students learn solfege, music reading (treble clef), rhythmic patterns and notation, dances, songs in English and Swahili, movement, and percussion.
BACH TO BEBOP
Option for 3rd-5th Grades
In this 26-week residency, students learn the families of the orchestra, composers and music history, blues and jazz. This residency culminates with a performance by the students where they sing songs they have composed as a class, along with songs from Duke Ellington and Rodgers & Hammerstein.
The SJO also does performance and workshop assemblies that range in their themes from blues, to jazz to classical.
PLAYING THE BELLS
Option for 1st-3rd Grades
In this 26-week residency, students learn to read music, rhythmic patterns and notation, and songs for the glockenspiel (bells). Repertoire includes “Ode to Joy,” “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Lightly Row.”
MUSIC OF THE WORLD
This 13-week program is
designed to enrich 4th graders’ knowledge of different cultures from around the world. Students learn about different countries and their rich cultural musical traditions through exploration of composers, instruments, and music history.
OUR SCHOOL PARTNERS
WATCH US WORK
KABC "4th Graders Sing the Blues"
For more Music in the Schools videos, head to our Youtube Channel!
COME TEACH FOR US!
Our teaching artists are freelance instrumentalists and vocalists that are experienced educators. Preference is given to those teaching artists with classroom experience and/or work with elementary aged students.
On average, our Teaching Artists work a few days a week, 2 – 4 teaching hours a day throughout the school year Sept. through the end of May. The pay starts at $50/teaching hour up to $65/teaching hour plus additional prep time each week paid at an admin rate. TAs are trained twice a year, along with on-site coaching throughout the year.
All Teaching Artists are paid as employees, with Soc. Security and Medicare taxes paid, along with Worker’s Compensation insurance. Please send your teaching resume that lists your experience specifically working with younger students, plus a cover letter to mitch@SJOmusic.org