“The AYS “Share-A-Stand” program brings orchestra members to Markham Middle School in Watts, Robert Frost Middle School in Granada Hills, and Griffith Steam Magnet Middle School in East Los Angeles, mentoring 300 music students. Over the course of a school year, AYS musicians conduct master classes, lead sectionals, rehearse side-by-side with the students, and hold Q&A sessions where the students can ask about their lives as young musicians. The program includes bus transportation and tickets for students, their families/guardians, and music teachers to attend two AYS concerts; the field trips will both reinforce classroom instruction and provide students with new experiences—for many of the students this will be the first time they have seen a live performance, let alone a performance by professional artists in world-class venues. The year culminates in a combined concert of AYS musicians and each school’s students for the entire school in May.”
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