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News - April 25, 2014

New push for music program in East Palo Alto schools

Superintendent: 'Ravenswood graduates need to be ready to join high school band'

by Chris Kenrick

A desire to give kids a "sense of belonging" in high school is fueling a new push to restore music education in public schools in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.

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Posted by Hmmm, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm

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Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 25, 2014 at 2:09 pm

An alarming number of my physics professors played the violin. Exceedingly well.

Posted by Just sayin', a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Good for Superintendent Hernandez! I hope they get a fantastic music program going for all students. Please spread the word that they need funding!

Posted by Smith, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Apr 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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Posted by Delores M K, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm

This is great news! Glad to hear that students will be given this opportunity. Please consider the introduction of music education & instruments in 4th grade, expanding to students selecting & learning to play instruments & to sing in 5th and 6th grade, playing, singing and performing throughout middle school and high school.
Good luck and success to all.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Who's been imping my handle and had their comment removed?

This is a great idea, and I hope that it can be sustained. M-A has a good band and a great jazz band.

Posted by revdreileen, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 28, 2014 at 2:42 pm

revdreileen is a registered user.

Who do I contact if I wish to donate an instrument to this program?

Posted by JM, a resident of another community
on May 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Great that this is finally happening at a district level in EPA. The Superintendent should be informed that many providers have given music instruction over the years, including middle school band. But each program lagged due to lack of district support.

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