Arts News February 2015

 

Two district-wide performances take place this month – both shows are this Saturday in the gymnasium on the LAHS campus.   These district-wide events are a wonderful way to experience the progression of The All-District Band Concert at 2pm features a dozen instrumental groups from LAHS, McAuliffe, Oak, and the combined elementary schools.  The performers include drum line, wind symphonies, and jazz bands. 

Arts News January 2015

 
January is International Creativity Month.  Did you know that creativity was the most important skill sought after by more than 1500 CEOs?  Success in the workplace begins with imagination in the classroom. A standards-based arts education is about building every student’s creative capacity so that he/she succeeds in college and career.  That is why Boeing Corporation has partnered with the California -and local  - Alliances for Arts Education.  
 
This month’s school performances included “Legally Blonde”, a musical theatre production at McAuliffe.

New Music Room for Oak

 

Oak MS celebrated its newly renovated music room in a ceremony attended by students, teachers, parents, and administration.  Oak Principal Sally Neiser, LAUSD board member Meg Cutuli, Oak Instrumental Music Director Justin Padilla, and Superintendent Sherry Kropp served as the official ribbon cutters.

 

 

 

The new room marks the completion of the district's modernization projects that have been authorized and orchestrated by the school board and district administration over the past several years.  But this project had additional benefactors. Students made and signed posters to thank the Oak PTA and the Philharmonic Society for their gracious contributions.  Members of both organizations were

Make Art, Transform Lives: The Importance of Art Education

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Meet the Music Director at Rossmoor Elementary & Weaver Elementary Schools - SANDY HINES

 

Sandy Hines is the music director at both Rossmoor Elementary and Weaver Elementary Schools. At both schools, she mounts an annual musical production, such as Patriotic America or Winter Holidays, for each grade level.  She directs the schools’ 4th & 5th grade choirs, which perform at various school events and the annual All District Choir Night.  She teaches her students to play the soprano recorder, and devised “Recorder Karate” as a way to keep students excited about learning music.  For each song or skill the student masters, s/he is awarded a colored belt that attaches to the recorder.  The belt colors start with white and end with black, as in the levels of achievement of martial arts.  Beads are awarded for exceptional merit and effort. She has found Recorder Karate to be a highly motivating tool to encourage all students to make progress.
 
She is proud to have over 15 years of teaching in LAUSD, loves working here, and particularly appreciates the support she gets from parents.  She likes learning about new technology.  She hopes to learn how to integrate 

Meet McAuliffe Instrumental Music Director – MELISSA PALMER

 
Melissa Palmer is the new Director of Instrumental Music for McAuliffe Middle School.  She will lead Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Bands, String Orchestra, and also teach general music classes.
 
Ms. Palmer comes to Los Al with a strong background in music education.  She earned her music degree and teaching credential from CSU Fullerton.   She taught for three years at Yorba Linda Middle School.  For the past 7 years, she was at Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, where she directed several performing groups:  marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, competitive drum line, competitive color guard, and PE color guard.  Her students participated in competitions such as the Band & Orchestra Festival and the Solo & Ensemble Festival. She was named Canyon HS Teacher of the Year for 2010-11.
 
She is also dedicated to excellence in music education beyond the classroom.  For three years, she was the 

Meet McAuliffe Jazz Band Director – CHUCK WACKERMAN

by Donna Chinn, organizer
Los Alamitos Alliance
for Arts Education
 
Mr. Chuck Wackerman is the Director of Jazz Band at McAuliffe Middle School.  He has been teaching here since 1957, and he is the Founding Father of jazz education in LAUSD.
 
He earned his degrees in Music and Education from USC, specializing in trumpet and drums. He began his teaching career at McGaugh in 1957.  The details of his long and storied career have been documented by several sources in the last few years:
 

Meet the Director of the Musique Sur La Mer Orchestras - MARCY SUDOCK

 Marcy Sudock is a multi-faceted professional musician, conductor, and private music instructor in the Los Alamitos area.  

She is the founding artistic director and conductor of the Musique Sur La Mer Orchestras since 2001, and leads the various performing groups that are under the MSLM umbrella.  They serve every level of musical performance starting at ages 7 - 14 for La Petite Musique Children’s Orchestra, progressing to the MSLM Youth Symphony Orchestra, MSLM Chamber and Jazz Orchestra, MSLM Wind and String Ensembles, MSLM Chamber Ensembles, and the professional Musique Sur La Mer Orchestra.
 
The MSLM Youth Symphony Orchestra is comprised of 

Guest Blog - Meet my friend Art

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How it began

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Meet LAHS Dance Director – RIKKI JONES

-by Donna Chinn, Los Alamitos Alliance for Arts Education

Mrs. Rikki Jones is the founding artistic director of Los Al Dance, where she oversees 5 levels of dance ranging from beginners to advanced.  Mrs. Jones has led the dance program for all of its 15 years. She specializes in jazz technique, but includes ballet, hip hop, character and lyrical styles.  
 
She conceives two full-length themed dance shows annually, for which she is in charge of the narrative, original choreography, choice of music, costumes, and lighting, Some of her past shows have been “America’s Favorite Dancer”, a reality show in the style of American Idol; “Happily Ever After” a fairy tale mash-up; and “The Piano”, which followed the “life” of a grand piano in its various homes over the years.  The shows are so popular that they usually sell out.
 
She arranges additional performance opportunities for her most advanced students, such as Back to School Night, Homecoming, Open House, the CSULB Pyramid and a local invitational. The school Dance Team takes part in two convention - competition events each year, where the students participate in master classes.  Mrs. Jones recently added a Student Choreography Showcase at end of the year.

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