The Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) Board recently approved grant funding for Carlsbad Unified School District’s music programs in the first semester of the 2017-18 school year. The projected cost is between $250,000-$300,000 for the school year. This grant provides each elementary school the opportunity to offer 45 minutes of weekly music instruction to every student.
CEF’s mission is to invest in our children’s future through education for all students in the Carlsbad Unified School District by developing and funding impactful programs. CEF support is provided to ensure that every Kindergarten through fifth grade student in Carlsbad Unified School District has access to high-quality music as an essential component of their public education. Programs must adhere to the K-12 music standards and a portion of the program’s funding provide support for training and coordination of the program across the nine school sites.
Positive impact of music at an early age is proven. An article from the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College states, “Researchers at the Boston Children’s Hospital worked with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and found early musical training enhances the areas of the brain responsible for executive functioning. Children with at least two years of lessons showed enhanced cognitive control, with aids in information retention and behavior regulation. ‘Musical training may actually help to set up children for a better academic future,’ said Senior Investigator Nadine Gaab, PhD, of the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience.”
Brandon Blackmon, a 2017 CEF Student Scholarship recipient, is going to college to study Music Technology because he had the opportunity to experience music funded by CEF. He said that without Elementary Music education and theatre, he would not be headed in the career path he is today.
Karen Cavicchio, a 2017 CEF Student Scholarship recipient also describes Elementary Music education as being the first step in her musical career. She began playing violin in fifth grade and rose to become concert mistress of both the school orchestra and of San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra, one of the top three orchestras in the county. Karen is attending college at UCLA and plans to study Computer Science and Engineering.
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