Published : Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 5:32 AM
The tuba, the clarinet, the violin, or the French horn — third grade students in classrooms throughout the San Gabriel Valley didn’t have to choose one, they got to try them all! More than 2,600 third graders were introduced to the magic of the symphony and orchestral instruments when the Pasadena Showcase House Music MobileTM in partnership with the Pasadena Conservatory of Music visited their classrooms.
Designed and implemented by Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, (PSHA), the Music MobileTM has received numerous local and national awards for originality and educational excellence. So far 30 classrooms have been visited by Music MobileTM during the 2018/2019 academic year and nearly 125,000 third-grade students have participated in the program since its inception in 1971.
During a one-hour assembly, students are treated to a lively presentation which includes colorful banners identifying the various instruments and instrument groups as an instructor teaches them about the instruments and sounds of a symphony orchestra. Sandy Johnson, a teacher at the Emperor School in San Gabriel, said her students were just enthralled by the many instruments as well as the presentation. “I think many of them were inspired to try playing musical instruments in the future,” she said. PSHA members assist the third graders as they are introduced to the individual instruments and have the opportunity to touch and attempt to play the brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments. “It’s very rewarding to see how excited these children are to participate and this comes at a time when so many public schools are struggling to fund art and music program,” said the Chair of Music MobileTM, Susan Bermingham. “It motivates our members to work even harder.”
“We are so proud of our Music MobileTM and the success that it has had,” said PSHA President, Dana Marevich. “We are very excited to be able to bring musical enrichment to our community with this and our other music programs, the Youth Concert for fourth graders and the Instrumental Competition.”
In addition to their music programs, PSHA also awards gifts and grants to a diverse list of local and regional non-profit organizations in support of their efforts in the community. PSHA underwrites concerts to ensure that the joy of live music is available to a broad range of audiences. Its support of non-profit organizations provides opportunities for a variety of groups, from students to seniors to learn, enjoy, and grow from their experiences in these programs. Additionally, PSHA has a longstanding history of supporting the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its community outreach programs.
An all-volunteer organization, PSHA is a non-profit corporation whose members donate their time and talents to facilitate these programs, all of which are funded by one annual fundraiser, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. Producing this event takes the dedication of about 80 active members and 200 supportive associate members. New members are always welcome to come and get involved in this wonderful and rewarding cause while making lasting friendships. For more information, visit the website at www.pasadenashowcase.org.
This year’s Showcase House will be held at the historic Boddy House at the beautiful Descanso Gardens in La Canada. It opens on April 21st and runs through May 19th. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 714-442-3872 or visiting the website at www.pasadenashowcase.org.