SAPPA Music Workshop brings age appropriate general musical instruction to students (ages 7 through 18) that is consistent with the basic components articulated in the standard arts frameworks of the California Public Schools: aesthetic perception (perceptual and conceptual development), creative expression (musical skills development) musical heritage (historical and cultural) and aesthetic valuing

The goals of our program is to develop the children's understanding and appreciation of music through their participation in playing musical instruments, singing, interpreting basic musical notation, developing skills of “active listening” to various forms of music and participating in special performance and video projects. To accomplish these goals the SAPPA instructors teach weekly group music classes that allow students to participate in age-appropriate musical activities. The classes deliver the basic concepts of melody, rhythm, harmony, tempo, dynamics, expression, reading and writing musical notation and the joy of musical creation

The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory (WWC) was established in early 2010 at the WWGBC in partnership with SAPPA (Scholarship Performance Preparatory Academy). The program provides high quality music education that builds character, self-esteem, and discipline, while stimulating each youngster’s aspirations to excellence. We demonstrate that our inner-city youth can rise to the highest level of accomplishment when given the opportunity, the support, and the expectation to excel.

The structure of the Conservatory was developed by Billy Mitchell,  SAPPA executive director, Dr. Charles Dickerson, founder and director of the Inner-City Youth Orchestra, and Les Jones, former WWBGC director. Participants attend after school, one hour classes at the clubhouse twice a week, where they learn to read music and play all symphonic string instruments. Students must provide their own instrument (affordable discount available for instrument purchase)


BEGINNING KEYBOARD CLASS: Introduction to keyboards(Piano & Synth) OBJECTIVES: fingering - notes and scales - reading, theory & literacy - interpreting signs and symbols, strengthen finger agility, develop discipline of daily practice - to read and perform simple keyboard pieces, songs, and exercises. Advanced students will write songs and develop techniques for band and ensemble performance.

Introduction drums and percussion instruments. OBJECTIVES: using drumsticks - snare drum , tom-tom, cymbal, and drum set techniques and rudiments - wrist, arm, and finger control - music theory & literacy - develop "workout" routines using practice pads and sometimes drums We teach basic, rock, hip-hop, pop and jazz beats on drum set and how to improvise solos. The more advanced students will use their drumming skills and develop techniques for band performance. The students will have the opportunity to share their musical skills with others throughout the school year.

CLASS PROCEDURES AND ROUTINES: Classes are ONE HOUR. Each student has access to a keyboard instrument (small synthesizer)or has drum sticks and a practice pad. Class uses overhead projection of music exercises and copies of the music will be available for home practice. HOME PRACTICE: Setting aside a certain amount of time each day at home to practice is recommended. Twenty minutes of practice each day will enhance a students enjoyment and development. PERFORMANCE: There will be informal performance situations set up throughout the year to give the students the opportunity to share their musical skills with others.

Facilitator: Bob Lesoine

A music educator with 25 years of classroom teaching experience. He is heading up the SAPPA Music workshop program. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, San Francisco State College, Master's Degree in Education, Cal. State L.A.

SAPPA Music Workshop Video

Audition (Interview)Workshops

Sponsored by
Beyond The Bell (LAUSD) - NAACP ACT-SO
Music Center Education Division

The SAPPA Audition Workshop works with students in the performing and visual arts. preparing for college or life as a professional.  We prepare students for entering the job market with realistic goals, enabling them to work, prosper and support themselves as artists. Our program helps youngsters develop a realistic view of the world that they are about to enter. This workshop helps to fill in the gaps that exist in regular curriculums as we focus on personal presentation.  This is a hands-on experience where students learn by doing. The Workshop discusses: Life purposes, motivations and skills needed for success, communication skills, realistic expectations, guidelines and deadlines, The science of interviews and auditions, role play, audition program, critique each other using standard competition guideline. 
Culminating in: mock competition, students perform before the group and are judged by fellow students or representatives from scholarship programs.

Audition Workshop
The SAPPA AUDITION/INTERVIEW WORKSHOP teach techniques to help students develop
skills they can apply to competitive situations and interviews in general.  Our students develop the confidence and self-esteem that is needed in order to compete successfully in the modern environment.

Topics covered throughout the workshops are:
     •     Communication skills and realistic expectations
     •     Focus on the science of interviews and auditions
     •     Art of relaxing
     •     Health components
     •     Wardrobe and persona
     •     Skills needed for success
     •     Life purposes, motivations    
     •     Rehearsal aids
     •     Promo kits, demos, packaging
Facilitator: Billy Mitchell
Professional Musician - Educator - Music Producer & Advocate - Writer for Local and National Music Publications-Featured Artist at Major Jazz Festivals - History of Jazz Workshops, Author of “The Gigging Musician” (Backbeat Books) Founder/Director of the Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy


SAPPA Audition Workshop Video