Meet the Music
Meet the Music provides high quality music education to partner schools in the L.A. Harbor area and beyond. Help students to build their creative skills and confidence to succeed!
Meet the Music is available online for schools and educators worldwide with Roots of Music Program (RoMP) and Recorders Online! Bring the world of music to your students today!
Roots of Music (RoMP)
Bringing the world of music to students!
Roots of Music Program (RoMP) brings music to students in classrooms and in our theaters! This semester-long program empowers fourth graders with music lessons in school, inspires them with interactive concert field trips and integrates music into core academics. Students learn anchor concepts like rhythm, melody and dynamics as they explore the music and cultures of West Africa, the United States and Mexico.
Supported by an innovative curriculum for both teachers and students that connects with English and History, RoMP teaches students to observe closely, think deeply and participate joyfully. RoMP currently serves 800 4th grade students in eight Title I schools in San Pedro and Wilmington each year.
Recorders in Schools
Building musical and creative skills in school!
Recorders in Schools builds on the foundation of RoMP, by bringing fifth graders weekly music lessons in school, where they read music, play their first instrument and play together as an ensemble. Teaching artists work in partnership with classroom teachers who extend music making throughout the week. Students build community through creative learning, and experience all the brain-building and social-emotional benefits of ongoing practice. Classroom teachers connect Meet the Music curriculum to core academics and daily life.
Recorders in Schools provides fifth graders the foundation and inspiration to continue music studies in middle school and beyond. Recorders in Schools serves eight partner schools in San Pedro and Wilmington each school year and partners with districts and charter networks to serve students throughout Southern California.
Partnerships and Projects
Meet the Music encompasses ongoing and pilot projects developed to meet music education needs in the L.A. Harbor area and beyond. They include:
- The LA Opera Partnership – Since 2011 we have presented the LA Opera in an annual youth-tailored performance at the Warner Grand Theatre, for 1,500 local fourth and fifth graders and their teachers.
- Percussion Program – The Percussion Program is a weekly exploration of world percussion and creative expression for upper elementary or middle-school aged students.
- Keys of Inspiration – In 2018, Meet the Music began a partnership with the Lang Lang Foundation to offer weekly piano lessons to students in schools in South L.A.
- Model Arts School Partnership – Together with arts partner Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, MTM provides semester-long music programs in several L.A. schools – contributing to a complete arts education to all students.
“I loved going [to RoMP] because I learned about music like pitch, rhythm, tempo, melody, steady beat and about dynamics. I am now confident enough to perform in front of many people. I learned about other cultures and their history. I learned many songs and how people make some instruments.”
“I enjoyed playing recorders because I now know that I can do anything I want to do if I set my mind to it which is called ‘Growth Mindset.’ When I get called on it makes me happy because I can show others, and I feel comfortable because I have supportive classmates and teachers!”