YOLA at HOLA program welcomes Gustavo Dudamel
On October 16, parents, students and members of the community gathered at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) to welcome Gustavo Dudamel to YOLA at HOLA. His visit officially kicked off the newly launched YOLA at HOLA program, where he had the opportunity to meet participating young musicians and see the beginning-level ensemble in practice. At the event, fourth-grade students learning flute, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and euphonium presented him with songs they learned in their first few weeks of class (including Wagner's Tannhäuser, Dvořák's "New World Symphony" on recorder and "Hot Cross Buns" on their instruments). The first-grade students debuted with a paper orchestra performance, after which they received their real violins from Dudamel.
YOLA at HOLA is the second site of Youth Orchestra LA, Dudamel’s signature El Sistema-inspired initiative. The free music education program, made possible through a partnership between HOLA and the LA Phil, provides participating students with intensive afterschool orchestral instruction and academic tutoring. For five days/15 hours per week, students rotate through musicianship, instrument instruction, singing/solfège, academic tutoring, and ensembles. Click here to learn more about YOLA at HOLA. You can also view videos of Week 1, Week 3, the October 16 event, and the young musicians' reactions to Dudamel's visit.
Eric Booth teams up with YOLA Stakeholders for TA workshop
On November 9, Eric Booth, author of the The Music Teaching Artist's Bible and one of the most prominent figures in the national and international El Sistema movement, led a unique professional development session hosted by the LA Phil for local teaching artists. During the two-part workshop, entitled "The Art of Group Teaching/Learning," participants from YOLA Stakeholder Network organizations tapped the knowledge and distinctive practices from those with experience in several local El Sistema-inspired programs, and shared their own best practices with colleagues. Discussion was then turned into practice, when teaching artists had the opportunity to team-teach classes at YOLA at HOLA and reflect on their experiences.
LA Phil, Colburn partner to enhance YOLA students’ learning
Building on a pilot program from last season, The Colburn School Conservatory of Music launched a new course to prepare and support its musicians for specialized teaching and mentorship to young students from underserved communities. The Teaching Musician: Realizing Social Action through Music focuses on the critical concepts of arts learning and teaching philosophies, arts advocacy, and school and community music education systems. Colburn musicians in the course are challenged to apply new concepts to their teaching activities and develop their own personal community engagement philosophies to apply to their future careers.
The course grew out of a volunteer-based program that began last year, in which Colburn musicians taught YOLA students weekly private lessons.
Click here to see the course's year-long syllabus.
NOW LAUNCHED: YOLA Resource Library
Want to bring an El Sistema-inspired program to your neighborhood? Start here! The LA Phil website now features a YOLA Resource Library to help community members, music educators, and citizens across the country interested in starting their own programs. Stay tuned as the resource library grows.