Music and the Arts are often the first programs cut when budgets are reduced. As part of its emphasis on the whole child, LBUSD remains committed to maintaining programs in music and the arts from Kindergarten to Twelfth Grade. In addition to correlations between music and success in academic subjects, participation in drama, music and art have intrinsic value that benefit students for a lifetime.
SchoolPower 2013 Annual Gift to LBUSD: K-8 Music $25,000
Orchestrating a Strings Expansion
With the support of a three-year $150,000 commitment from the SchoolPower Endowment Foundation, LBUSD has launched an initiative to build and expand its K-12 music program. An elementary school strings program will now be offered during the school day, as well as a middle school strings elective, a high school guitar and ukulele class and a high school advanced music theory class.
“Having a well-rounded musical education that exposes students to a variety of instruments and styles is a critical component for student success in the arts,” said Jonathan Mann, the new middle school band and strings teacher. Mann, along with high school music teachers Jeremy Chung and Landon Yaple, elementary music teacher Rich Hartford and middle/high school jazz director Roger Shew, are thrilled to be part of a program where the arts are so thoroughly supported.
Gary Shapiro and Endowment President Bill Moore orchestrated the Alumni “Shap Show” in May to raise money and awareness for the Strings Initiative. Accepting a generous donation of $10,000 by Danny McKenna, Moore expressed his optimism that the strings initiative will culminate in bringing LBHS what other larger high schools already have – a high school orchestra.
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"The high school has recorded 3 CDs, traveled to many jazz festivals and brought in guest artists and clinicians. We have also changed virtually every instrument in the band room. The Jazz Rhythem section instruments were especially in bad shape/out of date. The funds from SchoolPower were the key to unblocking the potential in the music department..."
Roger Shew, Music Teacher