Classroom Music Education Programs
Every week, our teaching artists provide over 60 real time lessons for Vincent Academy, Melrose Leadership Academy, and Laurel, Lincoln, Cleveland, and La Escuelita Elementary Schools. Our experienced teaching artists teach through meaningful, enriching music making, to build fundamental musical skills and appreciation for music from diverse cultures.
Since March 2020, all of our music education programs have been facilitated online. Our substantive lessons prioritize students' social and emotional well-being and maximize the benefits of digital learning by connecting with history, art and other disciplines.
Our in-school program includes:
Full program administration: hiring, training and mentoring teaching artists
Sequential, age-appropriate curriculum
Teaching materials and supplies
Student progress assessment
Active partnerships with schools so music
lessons are an integral part of school day
Concerts and music class demonstration/sing-alongs for school community
8-week social studies-integrated special units focusing on Music from Around the World (3rd grade), Music of California History (4th grade), and Music of US History (5th grade)
"Cantare Con Vivo is a phenomenal program... Now that they've gone virtual to continue supporting our scholars due to the shelter-in-place, it's added another layer of allowing for parents, staff, as well as our own children, to join and participate... Seeing children from all the different schools which Cantare serves participate in the weekly sing- and dance-alongs is evidence of the strong community that the program is fostering even during these tough times!"
– Faris Jabbar, Principal, La Escuelita Elementary
Our curriculum is Kodály-inspired, applying music-making
Social and cultural studies
It fully complements the National Standards of Visual and Performing Arts. Surveys from our partners show that through experiential musical making, our students make strides in fundamental musical skills, social and cultural appreciation, language development, and social-emotional learning.
You can also learn about our Teaching Artists and instrumental accompanists here.
We welcome new partners! If you are interested in having a Cantare music program at your school, go here.
"Conway's teaching was miraculous! He was always so positive and able to make sure the kids were focused and following along. It was really magical how he was able to put together their individual home recordings into this performance. It surpassed my expectations! I also always enjoyed his visits as well!"
– Claudia Hung-Haas, 3rd grade teacher, Lincoln
"One of my favorite lessons was when they were in small groups creating their own music using notes… Every student had an opportunity to collaborate, contribute, negotiate, be composers, feel proud about their final melody... [Ms. Kate's] classroom management, lesson flow and warmth are what make students look forward to music class.
– Violeta Escobar, Vice Principal, MLA