Welcome to the Los Alamitos Alliance for Arts Education. Our coalition of parents, school officials, arts organizations, community and business leaders are working to keep the arts in our local schools. Join us!

April 1, 2015
 
 
At Los Al, our student artists have been very busy during March, designated as Arts Education Month, Youth Art Month, and Music in our Schools Month by different organizations.
April 1, 2015
 
Los Alamitos, CA - March 26  --District administration, the board of education, and the PTA recognized fifteen LAUSD students for their achievement in the 2014-15 National PTA Reflections arts in education program this week.
April 1, 2015
 
 
March is both Arts Education Month and Youth Art Month.
Fittingly, there are lots of local arts offerings, with something just about every day.   We have so many chances to celebrate the arts! 
Three events in particular bring together multiple grade levels of student artists.
April 1, 2015

 

April 1, 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.
October 25, 2014

 

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

September 25, 2014
- by Robert L. Lynch, President & CEO, Americans for the Arts
 
 
TOMORROW'S CREATORS:  "Not every young person will go on to be an artist. But they will all be better students, employees, and citizens if they indeed have opportunities to embrace their creativity."

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September 10, 2014

 

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 

August 20, 2014

 
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 

August 19, 2014

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:
 

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