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)
PRESCHOOL & MUSIC WORKSHOPS
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.
BEGINNING PERCUSSION CLASS: 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.