The Music Enrichment Program (MEP), started in 1988 in Pico Rivera, has 9,000 students in grades 3, 4, and 5 in school districts in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs.
Laura Stone, freelance musician and oboist with the Rio Hondo Symphony, demonstrates the woodwinds to fourth graders. Introducing fifth graders to the the entire brass family is Angela Romero who has a USC Doctorate in Trumpet Performance and a wide experience in solo and instrumental group performance.
In 2004 a long-time dream became a reality when the program was expanded to include the string instruments. Elizabeth Lauritsen, an outstanding soprano, violinist and teacher from Whittier, presents the string program to third graders.
Almost 2400 of the children who experience the Music Enrichment Program attend the Children's Concert.
Currently, funding for these programs is provided in the Whittier school districts by the B.C. McCabe Foundation and in the Santa Fe Springs Area by the City of Santa Fe Springs.
Here are a few comments from teachers whose students have experienced the Music Enrichment Program:
"The presenter did a superb job. I watched my students participate with joy. They were also in awe of the musicians' talent."
"Great presentation. Very interactive."
"Another great presentation! Thank you. The students and I loved it and we learned a lot."
"The presenter was great. The students loved him. We would love to see him next year."
Loma Vista School:
"Excellent presentation and preparation. Well organized and interesting."
"Lakeview enjoys the music program. The students are fully engaged in the lesson. Because of the exposure, many students go on to play in the middle school band."
For more information about this program call (562) 947-5907