The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has created a free after-school music program that reaches 1,300 students in six schools, reports the New York Times. Classes were over, but school was not out: Young string players rehearsed Beethoven in one classroom, while flutists practiced in another and brass players worked on fanfares in a third. Also on offer were homework tutors, an after-school snack and dinner.
“Four measures for nothing,” Wade Davis, a cello teacher, called out to
“Surfin’ USA,” a huge hit for the Beach Boys’ in 1963, earned Brian Wilson an “F” in his high school music class. When the 75-year-old icon visited his old school, Hawthorne High Principal Vanessa Landesfeind raised the grade to an “A.” #BeachBoys #grading #music
Sixty-three percent of eighth-graders took a music class and 42 percent took an art class in 2016, according to the National Assessment for Education Progress. There was little change in participation or scores from earlier measures. Students were assessed separately on responding to existing works of music and visual art and creating their own original artwork. #music #visualarts
Little Kids Rock is bringing music back to school, reports Kate Stringer on The 74. The non-profit was created by a California elementary teacher, David Wish, whose school had cut music classes. He started an after-school guitar class. “After 15 years, the free program — designed for schools where at least half the students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch — has taught music to more than a half-million students in 2,300 schools across 25 states,” writes Stringer