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UCLA arrived at Bursch two-and-a-half years ago, the few instruments
the school owned were gathering dust in a closet because there was
no music teacher. Today, the program has grown from one UCLA instructor
working in a single classroom to six UCLA teachers working with
120 students more than one-in-five Bursch students. And with
a grant received last year the school has purchased new trumpets,
clarinets, saxophones, cellos and violins.
kids are really hyped," says Bursch counselor Kim Thomas. "Each
year, our teachers ask who wants to be in the band. Everyone wants
program opens the children's ears to musical genres beyond the rap
that they mostly hear in their neighborhoods. While instruction
revolves around classical forms, Ramirez is pleased that her clarinet
teacher also taught her to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
At year's end, Bursch's band plays a "Concert on the Green"
the "green" being a grassy patch of the schoolyard
abutted by planes of asphalt. There's also a year-end concert at
UCLA's Schoenberg Hall with students from all five Music Outreach
alumni of the Washington Prep program have since become music majors
at UCLA. And at Bursch, fifth-grader Omar Miller, who plays sax
under the tutelage of doctoral student Alan Durst, has shown so
much promise that he was given a solo last year for the Schoenberg
would like to play jazz," Miller says. "I think jazz sounds
kids have no other opportunity to learn music," says Durst,
coordinator of the program at Bursch. "You never know where
the next innovator is going to come up from."
the lessons in the classroom don't stop there. Says Ramirez, who
brings her clarinet home to practice, "My younger brother hears
it, and now he is starting to play, too."