Research shows that music education significantly benefits students academically and social-emotionally, and California voters recently made it clear they wanted to increase access to music and arts education programs with the passage of Proposition 28. Yet, many programs, especially in low-income communities, continue to be impacted by ongoing budget cuts.
KIPP Scholar Academy, one of only a few Performing Arts-focused middle schools in Los Angeles, has promoted creativity, self-expression, and self-confidence through its robust music program since 2012. From drumline and cheer to step teams and choir, KSA has always been deeply connected to the transformative power of the arts.
At KSA, all fifth-grade scholars learn to master basic piano skills, such as proper fingering, scales, and reading notes on the treble and bass clef. They are also part of a fifth-grade choir, where they learn to sing various songs from multiple genres.
From there, students select an instrument to master from the sixth-eighth grade and train in a specialized way. As in all other areas of instruction, KSA maintains a high standard of excellence, offering a wide range of quality instructional options to serve students’ musical interests and learning preferences while they master their instruments.
Similar to how communities have relied on the arts to tell their personal and collective stories and to explore their cultural identities, KSA relies on its music program to build strong connections and create meaningful experiences for our KIPPsters. This year, KSA’s cheer and marching band performed in the 2023 Kindom Day Parade, which aired on ABC7. They will also be performing at this year’s tenth annual KIPPstar Awards at Universal Studios on Friday, April 28.
KSA Founding School Leader Tiffany Moore has been pivotal in creating a joyful, collaborative, and music-centered school community. As a school leader, Moore always recognized the importance of exposing our students to the arts.
Moore and the KSA team go as far as putting together a music video every year to encourage, empower and motivate students before taking their annual Smarter Balanced Assessment System (SBAC) tests. Last year, they produced their tenth music video, “Big Test Energy,” which has garnered over 2,000 views on KSA’s Instagram.
Because of enrichment programs, like KSA’s performing arts program, our scholars are prepared with the necessary knowledge and critical skillsets to equip them for success in high school, college, and beyond.