Building the Future With Our Youth
Engaging Students: Learning Through Performance
“So often, a child doesn’t realize something is possible until they experience it firsthand. The La Mirada Symphony wants to be that experience to show the youth they can become anything they want to be if they really want to.”
David Derks, President, La Mirada Symphony Association
The La Mirada Symphony Youth Program engages middle and high schoolers in active music participation by connecting them with the symphony.
The La Mirada Symphony Youth Program gives audiences opportunities to not only hear the sounds of all the instruments on stage, individually and collectively, but also encourages on-stage participation with the symphony through instrumental musical performances. Many students have been inspired in past seasons to play instruments themselves and are ready to add music to their curriculum at school.
The La Mirada Symphony Youth Program was created in 2001 to enhance curriculum, inspire, educate and entertain all students in the Norwalk/La Mirada School District and home-schooled children in the local area, which includes South Los Angeles County and North Orange County.
Approximately 30 to 40 honor band musicians from the district are given the fantastic opportunity to play their instruments on stage with the adult orchestra at the youth concerts.
“As an educator, music has always played an important role in the total education of young people,” said Pat Ruiz, Chairperson Emeritus, The La Mirada Symphony Youth Program. “This kind of program is not an ‘extra’ in our children’s curricula, but a necessity.”
A recent study of students in the Chicago Public Schools by brain researchers at Northwestern University, detailed in Neuroscientist and Education Week, stated that students who participated in instrumental music performances scored significantly higher than their non-band peers in standardized tests.
The La Mirada Symphony Youth Program is made possible through generous gifts from individuals and corporate sponsorships.
We produce concerts with our musicians tailored for the youth to optimize learning in a fun environment.
As the world begins to change, and communication and learning evolve due to technology, the La Mirada Symphony has embarked on a new mission to expand our reach with music education to a global audience through digital platforms. Stay tuned for more information on our new endeavor!