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SMMUSD Instrument Donation Program or “PLAY IT FORWARD”

SMMUSD offers music instruction to 4th and 5th graders on the Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, and Cello

Since some students cannot afford to rent or buy an instrument, the district tries to meet the need of every student by providing one. Often, there are not enough district-owned instruments to go around.

If your child has participated in the district’s fantastic music program and/or one of the instruments listed above is collecting dust in your closet, consider “Playing It Forward” so another child might have the opportunity to play an instrument. More Information >

Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra to Perform Benefit Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall for Victims of Terrorism

Student Musicians Determined to Turn Cancelled European Tour into Positive Action - In the wake of their highly anticipated European tour cancellation due to the Brussels terrorist attacks, student members of the Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra turned their disappointment into positive action. The result is a benefit concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday, June 12 for victims of terrorism. Proceeds and donations will benefit the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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SMMUSD Accepting Applications for Independent Contractors for Semi-Private Music Lessons
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The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is currently accepting applications for independent music contractors to provide semi-private music lessons in strings, winds and voice, to students in 4th through 12th grades.

These lessons will occur on a weekly basis after school hours during the 2015-2016 school year in both Santa Monica and Malibu.

Those encouraged to apply are Independent music companies with music teachers who hold at least a B.A. in music and maintain a high level of competency (instrument and/or voice). They must also have experience teaching in a small group and/or one to one setting, with a willingness to work in Santa Monica and/or Malibu.

Current program: "Music 'N Motion" provides district-funded dance instruction for all 3rd graders. Funded by grants and PTAs, "Ballroom Madness" provides instruction for 5th graders at most of the elementary schools. John Adams Middle School (JAMS) and Santa Monica High School (Samohi) offer "for credit" dance classes. The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) funds the Robert Gilliam dance program, providing once-a-week instruction during P.E. at JAMS, Lincoln, Malibu High, Olympic, and SMASH.

Performances: Ballroom Madness, JAMS, and Samohi present dance showcases each year.

Current program: All 3rd grade students are taught General Music once-a-week for 40 minutes. All 4th and 5th graders choose either choir, string instruments, or wind instruments and are taught twice-a-week during the school day. Classes are 40 minutes each. The ten elementary music teachers are credentialed and are funded by the district. A wide range of music classes is offered at all the middle and high schools. SMMEF, the Gail Dorin Music Foundation, and the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation fund the Dream Strings, Dream Winds and Dream Voice programs at the four Title I elementary schools and at two of the middle schools to support students whose families cannot afford additional music instruction. Nearly half of all K-12 students participate
in the district's music program!

In addition to winter and spring concerts at all schools and the annual district wide “Stairway of the Stars” concert, Malibu High and Samohi also present choral "Masterworks" concerts, and the Samohi Viking Marching Band participates in competitions and tournaments. In 2011, the JAMS Wind Ensemble and the Samohi Symphony were among only six groups invited to perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference. The Lincoln Middle School Concert Band was invited to perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference in 2013. The Samohi Jazz Band and Jazz Combo both placed first in the nationwide Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival in 2011.

Many district students are selected each year for honor choirs, orchestras, and bands on the regional and state levels by ACDA, CAJ, CBDA, CODA, SCSBOA, and SCVA. District students have also been chosen as finalists in the Los Angeles County Music Center "Spotlight" Awards, and have been selected for the ACDA national honor choirs, the ASTA National High School Honor Orchestra, and the GRAMMY High School Jazz Band and Jazz Choir. Two Samohi students were selected for the Inaugural National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA) in 2013.

Current program: P.S. ARTS, a non-profit foundation, provides theatre instruction at Edison and Rogers. The Morgan-Wixson Theatre provides opportunities for elementary students to attend theatre performances. Santa Monica Playhouse offers workshops for students and classroom teachers. SMMEF funds after-school "non credit" drama programs at JAMS and Lincoln. Malibu Middle, Malibu High, Olympic High, and Samohi offer "for credit" drama classes, including acting and stagecraft technology.

Performances: Performances in 2014-15 included "Alice in Wonderland" at JAMS, "Bye, Bye, Birdie" at Lincoln Middle School, "Fiddler on the Roof" at Malibu Middle School,"Little Shop of Horrors" at Malibu High, and “The House of Blue Leaves”, "The Wizard of Oz," and "Public Domain" at Samohi.

Honors: Samohi students participated successfully in the Drama Teachers of Southern California (DTASC) Fall Festival and Shakespeare Festival in 2012-13.

Current program: P.S. ARTS provides art instruction for all K-5 students at McKinley, Muir, and Rogers. The PTA's at most of the other elementary school fund visual arts instruction at their sites. A wide range of "for credit" art classes is offered at the middle and high schools, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, film/video and digital design. In 2012-13, JAMS students participated in an international mural exchange project with a school in Kyoto, Japan. Lincoln Middle School students participated in MOCA's Contemporary Art Start Program in 2013.Samohi students participated in the 2013 MOCA Teen Internship program.

Samohi Roberts Art Gallery exhibits in 2014-15 include "Day of the Dead -- Dia de los Muertos," the AP Art Show, and the Senior Art Show. The Santa Monica Museum of Art's October 2012 through February 2013 "Wallworks" exhibit includes work by students from most schools in the district. In March 2013, the Districtwide Visual Arts Show took place in the Roberts Art Gallery and featured student artwork from JAMS, Lincoln, Malibu, Olympic, SMASH, and Samohi.

Malibu High and Samohi offer AP art classes, and students from both schools have competed successfully in the Los Angeles County Music Center "Spotlight" Awards. From more than 16,000 entries submitted from around the world, two Malibu High students were chosen as finalists in the Photographer's Forum Magazine 33rd Annual College & High School Photography Contest and will have their photos published in a hardcover book, Best of College & High School Photography 2013.

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
1651 16th Street
Santa Monica, California 90404