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The Music Center Creates Virtual Learning Programs

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As one of the largest arts education programs in the country, The Music Center advocates for the role of quality arts learning programs as part of the core curriculum for all students in Los Angeles County. An integral part of The Music Center’s mission, these programs underscore the performing arts institution’s civic role to provide children, families and the communities across the county with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the arts and its related cognitive and other benefits.

With the added stress and challenges of another COVID school year, The Music Center pivoted its 40 years of experience working in schools into virtual learning opportunities that benefit students of all abilities and all audiences by producing online educational content for teachers, students and parents. From on-demand “Artivities” in English and Spanish for at-home arts learning, to tailored professional development for teachers, to pre-recorded and live virtual assembly performances for student video classrooms, and more, The Music Center offers new, much-needed programs that support teachers and parents while inspiring lifelong learning among all ages.

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“Research and experience show that the arts can positively impact learning and understanding across all subject areas. As such, they are a critical tool to aid teachers and students who are continually adapting to the challenging circumstances of the pandemic,” said Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO, The Music Center. “With teachers juggling many duties and carrying extra burdens, The Music Center has curated new initiatives and adapted existing programs to meet this moment; our learning programs offer important insights to engage learners at every level through the imaginative power of the arts.”

“For nearly 11 months, educational leaders have had to reimagine traditional face-to-face instruction to provide remote learning experiences that address the needs and circumstances of all their students; that’s a huge learning curve for both teachers and students of all abilities,” added Keith Wyffels, associate vice president of education for The Music Center. “Working with our school partners, master teachers and artists, we have created innovative, highly relevant virtual programs to support educators in their own learning along with participatory content for their classrooms. We know the arts provide vital ways to engage, unite and connect us, which is what we need now more than ever.”

The Music Center provides relevant arts experiences that engage young people PreK-12, teachers and aspiring young talent, which reflect the diverse voices and interests of L.A.’s many communities through its reimagined programs, including:

Created for young people and the young at heart, The Music Center’s Artivities series includes “how-to” arts learning experiences where participants learn and engage with many different art forms. Led by Music Center Teaching Artists and Music Center on Tour artists, these at-home workshops and performances introduce the public to the world’s diverse cultural traditions while inspiring creative thinking through entertaining and educational content.
The Music Center on Tour: Online
One of The Music Center’s long-standing arts education programs is The Music Center on Tour: Online, which has adapted educational performing arts assemblies into high-energy digital performances that invite students into the world of dance, music, theatre and storytelling. Each presentation includes a customized curriculum, in alignment with the new California Arts Standards, designed to complement and deepen what students are learning in the classroom, carried across cultures, styles and content areas. The Music Center on Tour: Online offers over 20 different options of pre-recorded performances and live virtual performances on Zoom for schools.

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