To find out more about Music LA, please contact:
Music LA Program Manager
To find out how to become a Music LA sponsor, please contact:
Will Caperton y Montoya
Director of Marketing and Development
LA Program Brochure (5.7MB)
Music LA Model
MUSIC LA PARTNER... TOOL BOX:
Program Summary Sheet
Instrument Inventory Template
Student Certificate Template
Student Attendance Sheet
Administrator Evaluation Form
Teaching Artist Evaluation
Student Evaluation Form
Closing Document Checklist
Borrowed Instrument Agreement
Summer Session Logos
Heritage Month Sessions Logos
2011/12 Music LA Title Sponsor
2012 Music LA Class Schedule
2011 Music LA Latino Heritage Month Classes
2011 Music LA American Indian Heritage Month Classes
2012 Music LA Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Classes
DCA 2011 Music LA Summer Schedule
2010/2011 Music LA Heritage Month Schedule
2011 Music LA African American Heritage Month Classes
2011 Music LA Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Classes
2010 Music LA Latino Heritage Month Classes
2010 Music LA American Indian Heritage Month Classes
Please click here to view the DCA Music LA Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Classes.
Please click here to view the DCA Music LA African American Heritage Month Classes.
2009/10 American Indian Heritage Month Postcard
Please click here to view the DCA Latino Heritage Month Classes.
Please click here to view the DCA 2009/10 Music LA Heritage Month Class Schedule.
Please click here to view the DCA Music LA American Indian Heritage Month Final Concert Invitation
Music LA Summer 2009 Program (1.64 MB)
Please click here to view the 2008/09 Music LA Heritage Month Program
Music LA Summer 2008 Program (3.1MB)
Music LA Summer 2008 Program Poster (5.8 MB)
Music LA 2008 Request for Proposal (0.88 MB)
Music LA Summer 2007 Program (1 MB)
Music LA Summer 2006 Program (1.3MB)
January 27 - March 22
Music LA is proud to offer a Winter Session of programming at two of DCA's newest Neighborhood Arts and Cultural Centers: the Lincoln Heights Jr. Arts Center and the Manchester Jr. Arts Center, better known as the Vision Theater, in Leimert Park. In Lincoln Heights we are pleased to offer an array of Beginner to Intermediate level Concert Band instrumental classes, in addition to acoustic Guitar and Son Jarocho. Meanwhile in Leimert Park, instrumental and vocal classes will have a Jazz Fundamentals focus, in addition to a course offered in Hip Hop music and production, for Beginner through Advanced students.
The 8-week schedule of classes will begin on January 27th, preceded by a mandatory parent and student Orientation the week before. Please see the full schedule of classes and contact information below for details and to pre-register. All instruments are provided, but Intermediate and Advanced music students are encouraged to bring their own instruments. Music LA Winter Session classes are FREE.
Please also check out the flier below for information on additional music education programming at other DCA Centers.
DCA MLA 2014 Winter Session
MUSIC LA RFQ
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) ......... Music Education Providers
Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2012
The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is seeking up to thirty-five (35) Los Angeles area music education service providers to comprise a pre-qualified list for the Music LA Program. Organizations and individual teaching artists with teaching expertise in any musical genre are encouraged to apply. Music LA aims to foster new and existing music education opportunities to increase access to quality music instruction for young people in the City of Los Angeles. Selected applicants will be considered for upcoming Music LA Heritage Month Sessions beginning January 2013, and/or other programming opportunities as they become available.
Music LA RFQ and Music LA RFQ Application
The Music LA RFQ Application is writeable. You will need Adobe Acrobat 8 or above to complete the application. It can be downloaded for FREE at:
MUSIC LA CLASS SCHEDULE
HERITAGE MONTH SESSIONS
The Music LA Heritage Month Sessions are offered in conjunction with Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa's City of Los Angeles Heritage Month Celebrations. Each session is designed to present culturally specific music education programming, offering young people the opportunity to explore various cultural heritages through music literacy, and to appreciate how these diverse musical traditions contribute to contemporary Los Angeles culture. The Music LA Heritage Month Sessions are 8-10 week workshops with class offerings on Saturdays or Sundays, and one additional day per week during after-school hours. DCA thanks The Walt Disney Company for their Title Sponsorship of the Music LA Heritage Month Sessions.
Latino Heritage Month:
September - October ....................... 2012 Music LA Latino Heritage Month Classes
American Indian Heritage Month: November - January ......................... 2012-13 Music LA American Indian Heritage Month Classes
African American Heritage Month: February - March....
Asian and Pacific Islander
American Heritage Month:
May - June ........................................
July 2 - August 12
Sign up for 6 weeks of music and fun with the Music LA Program! Children and teens will experience hands-on instrumental and/or vocal instruction of the various genres and classes offered during the summer months. After training in basic music theory, instrumental and or /vocal musicianship, and ensemble performance training, all students will showcase what they have learned in a free public performance for their community. Please check out our flyer and contact the Music LA site nearest you for specific information, including the program Orientation, cost of registration, and class schedules. DCA thanks the California Arts Council (CAC) for their sponsorship of the Music LA Summer Sessions.
DCA 2012 Music LA Summer Schedule
Ozomatli Day 2011
Contest Winners Here!
Songs of the LA River Project - Your Chance to Perform with Ozomatli!
Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 22, 2011
L.A. based youth ages 6 – 18 are invited to write and submit an original piece of music inspired by the Los Angeles River for the “Songs of the L.A. River Project.” Songs may be submitted from individual musicians or friends can get together and enter as a band. Entries from school bands are also welcomed! The top entries will win a chance to perform their song live with L.A.’s own GRAMMY© Award-winning Ozomatli at the free L.A. River Day of Service Jamz concert on April 30, 2011. So what are you waiting for? Start composing!
You may also visit http://LARiverSongs.posterous.com/ for complete information and submission instructions.
Or visit KCET's Songs of the LA River contest page: http://kcet.org/ socal/departures/community/events /songs-of-the-la-river-project ---your-chance-to-perform-with -ozomatli.html
Click here for Songs of the LA River Project flier
Click here for Submission Form
music education program that coordinates resources
to provide quality music instruction for young
people throughout the City of Los Angeles, and
a groundbreaking partnership between local government,
music providers, and parents.
and teens a summer full of music training in
a challenging and creative environment where
learning, focus, and discipline are cultivated.
music education programming in areas of the City
where few or no music education programs exist.
of access between young people, creative communities,
and local government to support musicians and arts
organizations as music education providers.
• To provide a rich array
of intensive courses in music education for the
diverse families of Los Angeles, developing the
talent and vibrancy found in abundance throughout
• To give young people an opportunity to participate
in quality music instruction and performance, regardless
of economic status;
• To support sequential music training that
correlates with the Visual and Performing Arts
Standards adopted by the State of California and
the Los Angeles Unified School District;
• To develop a local task force of music education
experts among our partner organizations to drive
important policy changes in music education.
The City of Los Angeles has one of the largest
and most diverse populations of any municipality
anywhere in the world. It is home to the second-largest
population of people living outside of their native
countries. As such, the Music LA course offerings
and curriculum are based on Ethnomusicological
principles, embracing Western and non-Western musical
genres equally. The curriculum offered at each
Music LA program site is as unique and diverse
as the local communities they serve. This nurtures
a cross-fertilization of musicianship, local talent,
and audiences to create a more sophisticated and
rich musical palette reflective of the people that
make up Los Angeles.
The diverse Music LA programs expose students
to various musical genres including:
- Choral Singing
- Contemporary Pop
- Classical and Chamber Orchestra
- Early Childhood Music Readiness
- Hip Hop
- Indian Raga/Shplang Ensemble
- Indigenous Mexican Drumming
- Musical Theater
- Native American Drumming and Dance
- Son Jarocho
- Taiko Drumming
- Traditional Pilipino Music
While each Music LA program
curriculum is unique, all incorporate elements
of basic music theory, oral tradition, and practice,
including instrument and/or vocal musicianship
and performance training. All students’ musical
abilities are encouraged by offering four levels
of instruction including: Early Childhood, Beginning,
Intermediate, Advanced, and Demonstration.
In addition to instrumental and vocal music instruction,
some Music LA programs also train students in original
composition, sound recording, and production. At
the culmination of each program, students participate
in public recitals which provide them with precious
The comprehensive Music LA
program offers four different levels of music instruction,
with every site incorporating a rich curriculum of basic music theory, instrumental
and/or vocal musicianship, and performance training.
level classes explore music readiness, creative
movement, and the development of listening skills targeted to children aged two through five. Parental
involvement at this level is expected and encouraged.
level classes initiate students’ music education
with a focus on basic music literacy including:
melody, harmony, rhythm, music notation, instrumentation,
improvisation, performance skills, and the history
of various musical genres.
level classes strengthen students’ aptitude
in music theory and their abilities as instrumentalists
and/or vocalists, both as soloists and as members
of an ensemble.
level classes develop the performance skills of
proficient music students.
Developmental psychology indicates
that prolonged experience with music and the other
related arts builds
confidence, improves communication skills, and
fosters creativity. With this cognitive information
in mind, DCA structured Music LA to include Demonstration program
sites that offer a complement of multidisciplinary
arts classes in music at various levels as well
as classes in dance, theater, and the visual arts.
“I had a fantastic time teaching this session with Music LA. Getting the opportunity to work with the students both privately and in groups is the kind of experience that really makes you grow as a music teacher. The real treat was getting to witness my students’ final performance. They really did some amazing work, seeing their creativity and their final product musically really makes it all worth while.”
Heart of Los Angeles Youth
“Thank you! I enjoyed learning something new other than sports.”
Music LA Student
Tulsa Elementary School
“Music LA is a wonderful program which gives students from low-income families the opportunity to learn music through culture, storytelling, and historical accounts …The spirit of Music LA is reflected through the students and their dedication, commitment, and passion for learning and sharing knowledge in a creative, artistic setting. Thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs we were again
able to provide students with affordable music lessons and the opportunity to learn the music and art of their culture or other cultures.”
Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural
City of Los Angeles
The Walt Disney Company
The Nielsen Company
California Arts Council
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Mr. Holland's OPUS Foundation
Sam Ash Music
Charles Music Store
Kiwanis Club of Northridge