Hi and welcome to the Wright music program. I am happy to be your music teacher. I hold a bachelor's degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and a master's degree from NYU in jazz performance and composition. I have been teaching music in public schools since 2001 both in California and New York. I am a flute player, composer but my best creation is my son Theo.
In the 2016-2017 school year we celebrated the "A" in STEAM through arts electives, clubs and specialty advisories at Wright Middle school. In October Glee Chorus, drum line and Jazz Band performed for 350 5th grade students at our "Day in the Life of a Sea Hawk" pep rally. We had two productions, three concerts a ESC West district festival and fourth of July parade appearance that featured a instrumental music, jazz band, drumline and glee chorus. We went from performing five times last year to nine performance opportunities! The "Grinch Who Stole" production started our year off strong and we hosted fifth graders from local elementary schools on December 10th.
In January Glee Chorus was treated to a master class at UCLA by the leads in the production of Kurt Weill's "Into the Stars". The chorus was joined by only one other LAUSD school the HArt's Academy High School. Our students were able to sing for the cast and share inspiration. Students and their families were also given tickets to the opening night of the production in Royce Hall. . Later that January the arts team was informed that we had been awarded another generous Flourish Foundation Grant to fully fund our spring production. This allowed our department to hire a professional choreographer and to fully fund our music coach, Mr. Mike. Thank you Flourish Foundation! Our Spring Arts Production of "The Lion King Jr. " featured the was our first full musical, was a our largest production to date and was a huge success!
I will be offering courses in beginning instruments (winds and strings), advanced instruments (winds and strings) and a semester long course covering media in Media/Music Design Lab. Instrumental music courses are a year long elective where as the media/music design class is a semester long class. Since we are a project based learning community ALL instrumental music classes participate in PBL in addition to our regular semester arts programs. As a participant in instrumental music students collaborate to make one semester project. Students get an hour of instructional time to learn how to use music technology that may include: I Movie, Garage Band, I Motion and other plat forms. Students design and share ring tones, compose original music and make short films. Students learn about various styles of music, film making and media professions. These projects strengthen not only students' 21st Century Skills (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking) , they also strengthen music notation, literacy cultural awareness, and student understanding of arts professions. The aforementioned activities occur as part of our regular days for fifteen weeks and are bolstered by once weekly music/cultures lessons on Tuesdays. The Media/Music Design Lab and Instrumental music classes will present their products using the Buck Institute's format of collaborative groups and presentations. Since all instrumental music classes are a year long these classes create only one product where as the semester long Music Design Lab creates four project with a culminating final project that lasts eight weeks.
I will still be offering jazz band (at lunch) and of course the "Beat Hawks" our school drum line (after school on Mondays) and there are spaces available . Our very own 15-16 Glee Club President won $500 at the Westchester 8th grade rotary arts competition and eleven out of the twelve participants were Wright Arts students! Some of our alumni are now in the Arts Academy at Hamilton High School, the LAUSD Conservatory, Venice High School, University High and LACES. Last summer Daija Dolberry was selected and participated in the Grammy Summer arts intensive and Avi Goldberg was in Jazz Camp in New York!
Wright Middle school is honored to have many community ties including the "Flourish Foundation", Fedco Community Grants, GMCLA and the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. Mr. Charles Dickerson joined our strings classes early this year to provide a workshop for students. I am still in awe of our students.
Below are links to examples of different instrument demonstrations. Please browse the music design pages and watch our semester videos to get a good idea of what comprises the Music Design Lab semester course. If you have any questions please feel free to email me. I am looking forward to making music with you! GO Seahawks!!!!
This is the Glee Chorus trip to UCLA to be part of a workshop with the lead singers of "Lost in the Stars". Students were treated to performances, invited to discuss music and art. Students visited UCLA and had lunch on Bruin walk. We were even treated to free tickets to the performance on January 28th! We thank CAP UCLA for this tremendous opportunity! The GMCLA Chorus also visited Wright and gave a tremendous performance assembly for the student body. GMCLA shared music and stories that made a significant impact on our school community. Thank you GMCLA!