By partnering with the Spokane Public Schools, Music Innovates provides over 100 underserved students hands-on classical music instruction from area teaching artists, including some from the Spokane Symphony. Participating students are 1st to 8th graders at Holmes, Garfield, Audubon, Montessori, Browne, Bryant, and Finch Elementary Schools, along with Mt. St. Michael’s Academy, Glover Middle, North Central High, and WA Virtual Academy students. All students meet at Glover Middle School.
The program takes place four days per week, for two hours after school, with instruction on strings, wind instruments and percussion. Also included in the program is a full orchestra experience under the baton of Jorge Luis Uzcátegui, Assistant Conductor of the Spokane Symphony and Music Director of Music Innovates. There are lessons in music theory and opportunities to play in small ensembles as well. Instilled through this program are teamwork, leadership, discipline, creativity, communication, and problem solving skills, empowering children to develop new habits of the mind. Study after study confirms that high quality music education combats the effects of poverty, helping kids succeed in school and in life.
ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR
Music Innovates is led by Spokane Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, Venezuelan born Jorge Luis Uzcátegui, one of the most outstanding figures of the new musical generation in our country. At the age of 13, Jorge Luis made his debut with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra. With first-hand knowledge of El Sistema Venezuela, a program that puts music in the hands of every student in that country, Jorge Luis’s vision is to provide a similar music education experience for every student in and around Spokane. School-based programs are often the only way that economically challenged students can receive music education.
For more information, please contact Janet Napoles at the Spokane Symphony:
“I am so excited that I get to learn about music and make great friends and have a mentor who can show me what it means to work hard. I never knew I could be a part of something so great!” — Kayleigh, 5th grader
“The Music Innovates program is a magnificent achievement. It is putting music instruments into the hands of the children who will be our citizens of the future. Through this Venture, these children find themselves surrounded by a community of supporters committed to their well-being. We know from the research that participation in music impacts their school attendance, sense of self-worth, learning across other fields, and development of essential life skills. But most important of all, music enriches their human spirit. It is a gift for a lifetime of enjoyment.” — Sheila C. Woodward, Ph.D., President, International Society for Music Education, and Chair, Department of Music, Associate Professor and Director of Music Education, Eastern Washington University
“What differentiates Music Innovates from other afterschool programs is its focus not solely on the proficiency and advancement of the soloist, but the contribution of the individual to the community of the orchestra, and the advancement of the group as a whole. Music is a prime agent for social reform. By using it, we recognize the enduring power of classical music to change the future of society.” — Assistant Conductor, Jorge Luis Uzcátegui.
WILL YOU JOIN US?
Confidence. Creativity. Collaboration. These are just some of the things that improve when a child participates in Music Innovates.
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