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The Elementary School Partners Program (SPP) is a long-term, intensive collaboration by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with selected public schools in Los Angeles. The SPP provides artist residencies that address multiple learning styles, as well as professional development for the teachers in these schools and workshops for parents. Another element of the program is free attendance at one of the Philharmonic’s four February Symphony for Schools concerts, which are designed specifically for elementary school students. The Adopt-A-Player component of the SPP matches Philharmonic musicians with selected schools, building a long-term relationship. The SPP was launched in the 2001-02 season with five schools participating. By the 2007-08 season it had grown to include 2,800 public school children and 104 participating classroom teachers in grades 3-6 from 21 schools throughout Los Angeles. SSP demographics closely mirror the student population of the Los Angeles Unified School District: 70% of the participating children are from poverty-level families, 75% receive free or subsidized meals, and 42% are English-language learners. 

For more information, contact:

Elsje Kibler Vermaas, Manager, Children’s Programs
Los Angeles Philharmonic
151 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Begun in 1999 with the participation of three public elementary schools, Preludes currently serves 7,000 first- through fifth-grade students in ten elementary schools, six of them in Mobile and four in suburban Baldwin County. The program provides weekly music classes for 1,250 students in grades one and two; weekly string classes for 150 students in grades three to five; in-school performances by a string quartet for 5,000 students in grades K through five; Young People’s Concerts attended by 500 students each year in grades K through eight; and a Big Red Ticket program that allows participating students to attend a Mobile Symphony concert for free when accompanied by a family member. Students in the participating schools range from 9 to 88 percent minority, and the percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch ranges from 11 to 92 percent.

For more information, contact:
Sarah Wright, Education Director
Mobile Symphony
257 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL 36602
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