This week, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory launched High Notes: The Case for Music Education, a video about the importance of music education in public schools, on University of California TV. The production is a joint effort of San Diego Youth Symphony in partnership with University of California TV, based on the campus of University of California San Diego, and UCTV’s STE[+a]M Channel, which is dedicated to the movement to integrate the arts into the traditional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curriculum. The twenty-minute video tells the story of SDYS’ Community Opus Project, which is offered in partnership with Chula Vista Elementary School District. What began in 2010 as an afterschool program for 65 students at two schools, has grown to serve 350 students at 54 schools. The school district was so convinced about the importance of music and the arts as evidenced by increasing test scores, improved attendance, better behavior, and increased parent engagement that it committed over $15 million to fully restore arts education during the regular school day curriculum for all 29,000 students. High Notes: The Case for Music Education can be watched on demand at http://www.uctv.tv/steam/.
Posted April 18, 2017