YOLA’s In-School Program Officially Launches

Following a pilot program in the 2017/18 school year, the LA Phil and Camino Nuevo Charter Academy officially launched the program’s fourth orchestra site and first in-school model, YOLA at Camino Nuevo, on October 19, 2018. This year, YOLA at Camino Nuevo will serve 500 K-5 students with in-school and after-school training, scaling up to a full K-12 program in the years ahead.

The kick-off event featured warm, congratulatory speeches from LAUSD Board Member Mónica García, City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, Camino Nuevo CEO Ana Ponce, and LA Phil CEO Simon Woods, followed by a Q+A where students asked Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel questions about his experiences in youth music education.

YOLA at Camino Nuevo is also the site of a five-year research study by the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Titled Music Education and Human Development, the study is aimed at investigating the effects of music training on the emotional, cognitive, social, and neural development of children.

The combined learning from this new in-school model for YOLA and from the BCI study will add to the growing evidence of the importance of sequential music education in schools.

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