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.
In addition to grants, $25,000 of SchoolPower’s Annual Gift to LBUSD supports music for K-8 students.
SchoolPower 2013 Annual Gift to LBUSD: K-8 Music $25,000
2014 Winter Concert featuring LBHS students. SchoolPower is proud to support these talented musicians!
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.
Digital Cameras for Graphic Arts LBHS 2009
Percussion Instruments for Jazz Band LBHS 2008
Graphic Arts Digital Cameras LBHS 2008
Silk Screening Equipment LBHS 2009
Glaze Supplies for Ceramics LBHS 2008
Electronic Art LBHS 2008
Art History Presentation Materials LBHS 2008
Slide Film for AP Portfolios/Documentation LBHS 2008
Garage Band and Podcasting TMS 2007
MultiMedia Production TMS 2007
Update Yearbook Technology TMS 2007
Touch to Learn IPOD Touch TOW 2010
Kiln for Ceramic Arts EM 2008
Music for Learning EM 2007
"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