Fifth graders have piano lessons with their new arts program, which will allow them to prepare for advanced music instruction in middle school and learn the basics of reading music.

Fifth Graders Have Piano Lessons with Their New Arts ProgramOver 900 fifth grade students of the East Whittier City School District will participate in weekly piano instruction.

The district has made a choice to expand its visual and performing arts programs. “We feel it is our responsibility to build a bridge that connects the students to middle school and gives them the opportunity to continue pursuing music,” said EWCSD Assistant Superintendent of education support services Gabriela Tavitian. “We are excited about this expansion because we know the arts are a wonderful way of engaging students in their education.”

Tavitian says that music instruction is linked to other subjects, such as math and science.  The process of learning to read music reinforces many concepts and skills in other subjects.

“Piano provides the basic foundation for music and is effective for teaching basic notes and chords,” said music and band instructor Jennifer Stampfil. “The kids are very excited about the class.”

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