The Alhambra Educational Foundation (AEF) and the Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD) have started and funded the first of the Kindergarten-3rd grade instructional music classes at half of the District’s 13 elementary schools.
Since October, three credentialed music teachers have been teaching students an interactive standards-based music curriculum at Alhambra area schools. The next element will have them teaching in Monterey Park area schools of the District.
The program has the students learning about rhythm, harmony and melody, and singing and exploring various musical instruments and the sounds they can make.
Teachers Dana Aras, Erica Jones and Alyse Thompson are working with students with regular lessons at Emery Park, Park, Garfield, Marguerita, Fremont, Granada and Northrup elementary schools through February, 2015.
The program will rotate to the six remaining AUSD elementary schools — Brightwood, Monterey Highlands, Ramona, Baldwin, Ynez and Repetto — in February, and will continue through May, 2015.
All Kindergarten, first, second and third grade students in AUSD will receive up to 16 music lessons in their classrooms during the year in this program fully funded by AEF.
“We are so excited to be able to provide this program to our AUSD students,” said AEF Executive Director Sheryl MacPhee.
“The parents, teachers, principals, and most importantly, our students, are thrilled and energized to have this music curriculum a part of the AUSD educational program, and we are so grateful to our generous donors who have helped make this program a reality.”
AEF is now raising funds to ensure the continuation of this important program for the 2015-16 school year. With a target fundraising goal of $300,000 by July 31, 2015, AEF counts on donations from parents, community members and local businesses.
(Source: AEF press announcement in website.)