Allie Mac Kay was live from Boyle Heights with Sound Art, a mobile music program that gives inner city youths the tools needed by music professionals.
Sound Art is an innovative non-profit that provides a fully mobile music education program specializing in contemporary music to at-risk youths in inner city neighborhoods for ages 10-18. With continuing budget cuts to public schools, music education is taught less and less. This unfortunate trend has greatly impacted students attending inner-city schools where music education has a positive influence on a student’s academic success. Sound Art specifically focuses on areas where kids have no opportunities either in their schools or communities to have a music class. To date, Sound Art has introduced music education to over 16,000 children in the Los Angeles area alone.
Engaging students with music that is culturally and socially relevant, and focusing on popular andcontemporary music, Sound Art is a curriculum-based program based on improvisation and composition techniques. Sound Art also enhances team building experiences as music is experienced and played in groups, such as bands, ensembles and production teams.
Sound Art offers students a selection of music classes, including percussion ensemble; music, lyrics and production; guitar method and ensemble; keyboard method and ensemble; drum and base ensemble; and band ensemble. All classes teach the fundamentals of music and include the topics of tempo; dynamics; rhythmic concepts; reading, writing and understanding musical notation; understanding beat and time signatures;introduction to music of other cultures; and ensemble playing and performance. Because Sound Art believes that those who are best equipped to teach and share their passions for music are also actively involved in music, all Sound Art instructors are working professional musicians.
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