By partnering with the Spokane Public Schools, Music Innovates provides over 100 underserved students hands-on classical music instruction and coaching from Spokane Symphony musicians. Participating students are 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Holmes Elementary, Garfield, Audubon and Havermale.
The program takes place four days per week, for two hours after school, on strings, wind instruments and percussion. The students then assemble once per week for a full orchestra experience under the baton of Assistant Conductor Jorge Luis Uzcátegui. Through teamwork, leadership, discipline, creativity, communication, and problem solving skills, we empower children to develop new habits of the mind. Study after study confirms that high quality music education combats the effects of poverty, helping kids succeed in school and in life.
ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR
Music Innovates is led by Spokane Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, Venezuelan born Jorge Luis Uzcátegui, one of the most outstanding figures of the new musical generation in our country. At the age of 14, Jorge Luis made his debut with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra. With first-hand knowledge of El Sistema Venezuela, a program that puts music in the hands of every student in that country, Jorge Luis’s vision is to provide a similar music education experience for every student in and around Spokane. School-based programs are often the only way that economically challenged students can receive music education.
For more information, please contact Janet Napoles at the Spokane Symphony:
“I am so excited that I get to learn about music and make great friends and have a mentor who can show me what it means to work hard. I never knew I could be a part of something so great!” — Kayleigh, 5th grader
“Music Innovates program is just as it sounds—an innovative, after-school program bringing students in Spokane Public Schools and the Musicians of the Spokane Symphony together…” — Heather Schlaich, Elementary Visual and Performing Arts TOSA, Spokane Public Schools
“What differentiates Music Innovates from other afterschool programs is its focus not solely on the proficiency and advancement of the soloist, but the contribution of the individual to the community of the orchestra, and the advancement of the group as a whole. Music is a prime agent for social reform. By using it, we recognize the enduring power of classical music to change the future of society.” — Assistant Conductor, Jorge Luis Uzcátegui.
WILL YOU JOIN US?
Confidence. Creativity. Collaboration. These are just some of the things that improve when a child participates in Music Innovates.
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