This year, SMPLA is putting a major emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Funds raised through this fundraiser will be used to provide partial scholarships to elementary aged children in families of color and families in need. Any donation will help make an impact on children in the Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley area. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me and so many others.
The Suzuki Music Program of Los Angeles stands with people of color in our community and throughout this country, and emphatically agrees that Black Lives Matter!
It is clear that we have an enormous task before us to assist in eliminating inequality and injustice, and we hope that SMPLA can play a key role in contributing to substantive social change through transparency and authenticity in our own program, and through supporting other music education communities.
We are committed in the new school year to reach out to public schools, to inform families of our program, to offer partial scholarships to families of color and/or families who express a need, and to include more music written by black composers. We agree with Rita Pierson, who says: “Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” This is a principle that Dr. Suzuki emphasized to teachers, that "every child can." Dr. Suzuki also said: “Man is a child of his environment.” Let us create a just environment for today’s children through access to music education.
This fundraising campaign, is our chance to make a difference in our community, and in the greater music education community, toward a society that is just and equal.
More information about the The Suzuki Music Program of LA:
SMPLA is an association of teachers who have been trained in the Suzuki Method™ and philosophy on violin, viola, and guitar. They teach private lessons in the extended San Fernando Valley, and group lessons (Workshop) in Tarzana (and via Zoom during COVID).
Mission Statement: “SMPLA provides a positive environment where children find joy in making music together, where they are eager to learn and motivated to practice, and where they reach a high level of competence in the Suzuki repertoire and in other musical genres.”
Activities: Group Lessons (Workshops), Solo Recitals, Family Music Night, “Motivate and Mentor” Parent Education Seminars, and Parent Support Forums focusing on topics such as developing resilience, motivation, and having joyful musical experiences for the whole family. Additionally, SMPLA has always performed publicly in local Rest Homes, Malls, Parks, and has participated in the world wide event called Bach in the Subway (to be resumed once COVID safety levels have been attained).
More information about The Suzuki Music Association of California , LA Branch:
SMAC-LA is a network of teachers and student families organized regionally into branches that believe in and promote Dr. Suzuki's teachings through Private Lessons, Fall Festivals, Graduations, Camps, Workshops, and other teacher and student events.
Mission Statement: “The Suzuki Music Association of California aspires to instill the teachings of Shinichi Suzuki into the hearts and minds of our students: that all children, in collaboration with parents and teachers, can develop high standards of achievement through love of music, self-confidence, discipline and good work habits. We seek to nurture fellowship, growth, and community among teachers and students of California.”
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