Latino Arts, Inc. is proud to congratulate the Latino Arts Strings Program for being named one of nineteen recipients of the 2008 Coming Up Taller award, presented by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The Strings Program is an in-school and after-school music education program for students and alumni of Bruce-Guadalupe Community School and includes over 130 participants between the ages of four and seventeen. Students learn classical music skills while learning and incorporating Latino music and traditions.
Participants of the Strings Program have demonstrated an increase in self confidence, discipline, and focus that transcends the musical instruction and benefits their academic prowess. Students' performance in the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination - Criterion-Referenced Test showed that 96% of BGCS music students are proficient or advanced in reading and 89% of BGCS music students are proficient or advanced in math studies.
The Strings Program has performed in mariachi bands, youth orchestra and guitar ensembles at over 300 concerts since the program's inception in 2002. The students have played a large number of notable venues and events including Summerfest, Fiesta Mexicana, United Way's Annual Meetings, and the State of the City Address in Milwaukee. These performances raise awareness of Latino music, building self-confidence, skills and a sense of new possibilities for the young musicians. Participants are expected to practice daily, and adult family members are required to sign a log that confirms they have done so. The program also establishes a strong foundation for students who wish to pursue careers in music.
Learn more about the Strings' accomplishments with the Latino Arts Strings Program Info Sheet! Click here to download the PDF (325 KB).
Listen to the Strings Any Time!
The Latino Arts Strings Program & Mariachi Juvenil released their first CD, Los Viajeros (The Travelers), at Latino Arts’ 2010 Noche de Gala. Los Viajeros includes 18 tracks performed by the young participants of the Strings Program and features traditional and contemporary songs, many arranged for the Strings' performance by Strings Creator and Director Dinorah Marquez.
See the Latino Arts Strings Program profile in the Coming Up Taller program or download the entire program below. Excerpted from the Coming Up Taller Awards 2008, published by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and designed by Fusion. Used with permission.
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To read the full press release announcing the Strings Program's award, click here.
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