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Let the Music Play

Santa Barbara Schooling Basis
Nonetheless Retains the Beat

By Leslie Dinaberg | November 10, 2022

Supporting applications that instill a love of music is a key a part of the work of the Santa Barbara Schooling Basis. | Credit score: Courtesy

Santa Barbara Schooling Basis (SBEF) gives and helps applications that enrich the tutorial, inventive, and private improvement of all college students within the Santa Barbara Unified College District (SBUSD).

Considered one of its greatest recognized, signature applications is Maintain the Beat. Since 2003, SBEF has been Retaining the Beat — elevating funds to pay for music schooling in native faculties. In the present day, all 5,000-plus elementary college students study to play an instrument throughout their faculty day. 

“We increase funds by grants, particular person donors, and our radio-thon with 99.9 KTYD through the month of February,” says Applications Supervisor Katie Szopa. “These funds are given to our music academics firstly of every faculty yr to buy devices and equipment and pay for instrument coaches. This previous August, we awarded $33,000 to our music academics. SBEF additionally runs a year-round instrument drive. We restore the devices and place them into the palms of our college students.”

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Nick Rail Summer season Band Camp is one other signature SBEF program. Initially based by Nick Rail in 1989, this well-established program gives an enriching and reasonably priced summer season music expertise for college students in grades 4-9. Campers are grouped by skill and taught by skilled musicians to play solo and as a bunch. SBEF took over the administration of this camp in 2016, says Szopa.

Since its inception, greater than 2,000 college students have attended band camp. Requested concerning the significance of the camp, SBUSD music instructor Brett Larsen (who was honored as 2017 Performing Arts Instructor of the 12 months for Santa Barbara County), says, “Summer season band camp gives an area for starting college students to get excited and able to be a part of their faculty ensembles. And it provides the extra skilled junior excessive and highschool college students the challenges wanted to proceed working towards and honing their expertise over the summer season break.” 

Summer season String Camp is one other SBEF signature program. Szopa says the camp welcomes members, college students of all ranges in incoming grades 4-9, to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass. String college students achieve technical expertise on their instrument, elevated note-reading facility, and composition instruction in a enjoyable, supportive setting. Gamers are divided by degree into ensemble teams the place they apply their devices collectively, culminating in an end-of-camp efficiency, together with performing a bit of their very own composition.

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Following the success of their band and string camps, SBEF (in collaboration with SBUSD instructor Charlie Ortega) designed Drumline Camp, targeted on junior excessive college students. The Drumline Camp permits members to increase their understanding of the weather of music efficiency, study rhythm studying, and develop correct enjoying strategies. Camp members discover all of the several types of percussion devices utilized in giant percussion ensembles, together with snare, marching tenor, bass, hand percussion, and melodic percussion.

In reminiscence of avid performing arts supporter Léni Fé Bland, her pricey pal Sara Miller McCune established the Léni Fé Bland Performing Arts Partnership honoring Léni and her unimaginable generosity to the performing arts. “The fund continues Léni’s work by supporting and inspiring scholar participation and publicity to the superb performing arts applications in Santa Barbara,” says Szopa. “Our mission is to companion with performing arts organizations in Santa Barbara and SBUSD to supply college students and academics equitable entry to performances and promote the performing arts in schooling. The Léni Fund gives Santa Barbara Unified College District college students from Pre-Okay to twelfth grade entry to in-theater performing arts performances and in-class workshops. College students attend performances in 4 of Santa Barbara’s historic theaters: the Granada, the Lobero, the Arlington, and The New Vic.”

SBEF is funded by grants, personal donations, household basis donations, and enterprise donations, and it’s an originating companion within the Pianos on State venture, in addition to a fiscal sponsor to neighborhood applications that profit Santa Barbara Unified college students, together with Bravo!, a free, district-sponsored, after-school music program; and South Coast Youth Band, an after-school music program that gives enjoyable band experiences and high quality instruction for elementary faculty college students in grades 4-6. 


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