Marie Medina Trindade head shotWe are thrilled to welcome Marie Medina Trindade to Grand Vision as the newest teaching artist for Meet the Music, our in-school education program. Marie’s passion for music began through a program offered by the public school system in her hometown of El Paso, Texas. She became a registered Suzuki violin teacher at age nineteen and landed her first teaching position at a Montessori school, setting the stage for a career dedicated to nurturing young musicians.

Her commitment to “music for social change” led her to head the string department at the St. Lucia School of Music in the Eastern Caribbean, where she played a pivotal role in transforming the lives of young musicians in one of the island’s most under-resourced communities.

Marie has also performed in mariachi groups, symphony and chamber orchestras and appeared at renowned festivals like the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. When she returned to the United States in 2016, Marie founded the non-profit Caribbean Youth Music Foundation to provide scholarships to Caribbean and Latin American musicians.

Marie brings her wealth of experience to Meet the Music’s “Strings in Schools” program. She specializes in designing culturally relevant and inclusive curricula for students and continuing education courses for other music educators. She is currently teaching two first-grade classes at White Point Elementary.

Strings in Schools is a semester-long program focused on building a foundation in violin technique, musicianship, and musical notation. Grand Vision is honored to have Marie join our team, and we look forward to the positive impact she will undoubtedly make in the lives of our Meet the Music students. Her dedication to music education and her diverse experiences make her a valuable asset to our staff. Welcome, Marie!

Meet the Music is funded in part by generous support from our funders: Los Angeles Unified School District, California Arts Council, Crail-Johnson Foundation, Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Chorus America, City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn of the Fourth District, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, US Bank Foundation