L.A. Unified Board Approves $356,000 for the Purchase of Much Needed Musical Instruments

 LOS ANGELES (March 8, 2016) – More elementary students are about to make music. The Los Angeles School Board today approved purchasing hundreds of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, cornets, trombones and tubas. It’s all about giving more children the opportunity to play.

“I am thankful for the all of the efforts of the LAUSD to build capacity for music education in our schools,” said Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez. “Because of the work of the Arts Education Department, over 30 elementary schools in my Board District alone will be given greater music access.”

Board Member Mónica Ratliff said, “I am thrilled that we are dedicating funds to provide more musical instruments to our schools and, most importantly, our students. My constituents made it very clear to me that they want the District to focus on increasing student access to arts instruction. I am excited that Mr. (Rory) Pullens and Superintendent Michelle King are committed to the arts, and it shows." She was referring to Rory Pullens, executive director, Arts Education.

Pullens had this to say: “The purchase of these instruments allows for more of our LAUSD schools to offer instrumental music, which is the most requested arts form on the elementary level. These instruments also allow for more students to take music instruction in schools that provide instrumental music, but do not have enough instruments for all the students who want to take the class.”

As a result, the L. A. Unified Arts Education Branch now plans to strengthen the current elementary orchestral music programs for students in third through sixth grade. The children will also benefit from an increase in the scope, sequence and depth of instruction. The young students will be taught the basics, a wider repertoire of children’s classics, and a diverse selection of musical genres.

To stretch the $355,729, the purchases will target affordable, durable instruments that are easy to repair, and are best suited for the distinctive demands of elementary children. The new instruments will be available on the first day of instruction of the new school year, starting in August.

Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766

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