NAMM Foundation Day of Service Returns to Anaheim in January

Mike Lawson • ChoralNews • December 27, 2019

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On Tuesday, January 14, dozens of music industry leaders will gather at Horace Mann Elementary School to help students learn to play melodica, ukulele, guitar and drums, as well as engage in choral and movement sessions as part of the NAMM Foundation’s Day of Service.

Now in its sixth year, the day aims to put “advocacy into action” with support for the Anaheim Elementary School District and its efforts to provide music education to every child.

The presentation promptly starts at 8:30 a.m. and will include welcome remarks from principal Louie Magdaleno and superintendent Christopher Downing, as well as a check presentation from NAMM Foundation chair, Joel Menchey. Remarks will be followed with a student performance. 

The event holds special significance as the Anaheim Elementary School District has reinitiated its music education curriculum program for its 17,700 students. In 2017, the district grew its music staff to a total of 18 certificated music educators. The increase in staff has allowed the number of students receiving weekly music instruction to grow from approximately 7,000 students to 11,000 students. The vision is for all AESD students to have access to both general and instrumental music education during their TK-6 elementary experience.

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