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
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.