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 VH1 Foundation Partners with Chula Vista Schools, SDCOE

​The Chula Vista Elementary School District, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, and San Diego County Office of Education’s Visual and Performing Arts Unit announced a new partnership today with VH1 Save The Music Foundation to ensure all children experience the positive effects of music education.

The announcement was made at the campus of J. Calvin Lauderbach Elementary School, which is one of four schools in the school district to hire a full-time music education instructor. VH1 Save The Music Foundation provided Lauderbach with $30,000 in musical instruments, with the stipulation that the district employ a full-time music instructor to provide music education as part of the school day.

“We are tremendously inspired by our partnership with Chula Vista Elementary School District,” said Paul Cothran, executive director of the foundation. “Since day-one, when we began working with the district in 2010, we have been impressed by their deep commitment to restoring music instruction and the vision for their schools.”

In addition to announcing this year’s grant to Lauderbach School, VH1Save The Music Foundation will be awarding four grants to the school district for the 2014-15 school year.

The Chula Vista school district had cut music instruction from nearly all of its 45 schools years ago and had no full-time music teachers until this year. Returning music education to the school day is helping to reverse the trend of diminishing arts education enrollment across San Diego County, officials said.

The foundation’s involvement is an outcome of the Community Opus Project, which is a district initiative in collaboration with the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. The project produced a dramatic change in the demographics of the San Diego Youth Symphony. Today, 30 percent of its students are from Chula Vista, up from fewer than 7 percent five years ago.