Resources tagged "Music"



ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center’s educational media arm. They support arts-based student learning and their collection of free digital resources includes lesson plans, video clips, audio stories, and interactive online modules.

August Wilson Monologue Competition

Deadline: Register by October 22, 2015. Students registering by October 8th will receive a free copy of an August Wilson play at the preliminary auditions!

The August Wilson Monologue Competition is a chance for high school youth to gain professional audition experience, meet other students from around Southern California and the bring the memorable characters of playwright August Wilson to life on stage. The first round of auditions will be held at Center Theatre Group in Downtown L.A. on November 14, 2015. Up to 50 students who participate in preliminary auditions will be invited to compete in the semi-final auditions, 12 of whom will advance on to the Regional Competition. The top three regional finishers will receive scholarships, master classes and the chance to compete nationally. You do not need formal acting experience to register; students of all experience levels are encouraged to participate. To learn more, see the Program FAQ. View the list of approved monologues for the 2015-16 competition here.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school student enrolled in grades 10, 11 or 12
  • Attending school in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside or San Bernadino Counties
  • Must remain enrolled in school throughout the academic year and be no older than 19 on the day of the National Finals in May

APPLY: Fill out the online interest form to receive more information and registration documents.

CalArts Community Partnership Programs

Deadline: October 4, 2015

The CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) offers free, after-school youth programming in music, theater, animation, film, photography and digital media in locations around Los Angeles. Program descriptions and schedule of classes are available here. Includes the Media Mashup Program, a 20-week program for high school youth to explore specific social issues through a variety of artistic media, including printmaking, stop-motion animation and digital video production at Self Help Graphics in Boyle Heights.

Eligibility Requirements:

Resident of L.A. County
Students in 5th-12th grade
Some programs have more specific age requirements (i.e. high school youth)
APPLY: Fill out the online application form. If you are applying for multiple programs, you only need to fill out the form once; just make sure to specify all programs you are interested in. The deadline to complete the form is October 4th, however admission for several programs is on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should try to complete the form as soon as possible.

Center Theatre Group Student Ambassador Program

Deadline: October 8, 2015

The Center Theatre Group Student Ambassador Program is for high school students who are curious about the arts and want to build leadership and teamwork skills. Student Ambassadors work with theater professionals and with one another on exciting projects to involve more young people in the Los Angeles arts community. This year’s ambassadors will work on one of four teams: Arts Education; Arts Advocacy; Community Engagement; and Young Artist Recognition. This is a six-month, approximately 60-hour program, including regularly scheduled meetings as well as occasional evening and weekend events. A $500 stipend will be provided upon completion of the program; students can also choose to receive community service / volunteer credit instead. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program; however, free parking is available in the Music Center garage, and a Metro pass will be provided to participants who use public transit. See the program FAQ for more information.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Arts-interested high school students ages 13-18
  • Resident of L.A. County
  • No previous leadership or theater experience required

APPLY: Download the online application and submit in person or via email.

Grammy Camp

Deadline: Early Decision – October 22 (10% off tuition cost); Regular – March 31

GRAMMY Camp is a week-long, music industry program for students interested in pursuing a career in music. Students can apply for a number of different career tracks, like songwriting, audio engineering, music journalism and video production. (See the camp website for a full list of programs.) Campers participate in intensive workshops, meet industry professionals, visit cool music sites and collaborate on projects together. Tuition is $2,200 for the week-long program; however financial assistance is available to students with demonstrated need. For more information, see the GRAMMY Camp FAQ.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in grades 9-12

APPLY: Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2016 will be available online beginning in August. Applicants submit an application form and video essay. In addition, each career track has supplemental application requirements. With the application fee of $25, students can apply for as many career tracks as they want; however, they will only be able to participate in one if they are accepted. Students interested in a scholarship should also have a parent or guardian complete the online Financial Assistance form.

The Music Center

The Music Center Spotlight Program

Deadline: October 19, 2015

Spotlight is a nationally acclaimed scholarship and arts training program for high school students in the performing arts. Applying to Spotlight gives you the chance to attend master classes with professional artists in your chosen discipline, participate in the Spotlight Academy, have a live audition experience at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and win cash scholarships of up to $5,000. Students can apply to Spotlight in the following categories: acting, ballet, classical instrumental, classical voice, jazz instrumental, non-classical dance and non-classical voice. For more information, see the Spotlight FAQ or email

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Southern California high school student who attends a public, private, parochial, online or home school, completing high school curriculum (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Riverside or San Bernardino counties)

APPLY: Access the online application form here. Application includes audition video. (SeeCategory Rules for specific audition video requirements for each program.) Applicants advancing to the second and semi-final rounds audition live.

The Grammy Museum

civil_rights_singers_detailThe Grammy Museum offers online curricula and resources that incorporate musical elements with historical context and engage students to explore the significance of music in our everyday lives.  The resources feature video programs of talented musicians and performers as well as downloadable PDF lesson plans.

Click here for a complete listing and more information.

The Music Center

The Music Center helps teachers integrate the arts as part of their ongoing practice, providing opportunities for support and partnerships with teaching artists, specialists and peers.

Professional Development

Teacher workshops:

“Through the Arts

Through the Arts teacher workshops target arts integration strategies for K-12 teachers in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Teachers learn creative and effective approaches for integrating the arts into their content areas.

“In the Arts

In the Arts teacher workshops are classes for teachers in the art forms of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Teachers increase their skill level in a specific art form, focusing on practice and technique.

Duration: From 2-hour sessions up to 6-hour days, multiple days per year.

The Institute for Educators

The Institute for Educators is The Music Center’s premier professional development program in arts integration, held each summer at The Music Center. During the Institute, teachers engage in hands-on arts learning, participate as a community of learners, and explore how the arts can be powerful tools for integrated learning.

Participants experience lessons rooted in the Visual and Performing Arts Standards and the Common Core. Guided by Music Center Master Teaching Artists, participants inquire into content and meaning, and create, perform, reflect on, and assess their own work and teaching practice. Teams of teachers, educators, arts specialists, and Music Center Master Teaching Artists work side-by-side as reflective learners and collaborative partners.

Through this process, teachers gain creative and effective tools for arts integration, renewed ownership, and firm commitment to transform their classrooms through the arts.

Duration: Five consecutive 6-hour days, held each summer at The Music Center.

For more information about the Institute for Educators, visit the Institute for Educators page


Could your faculty benefit from thinking outside the box, collaborating with each other, and discovering new ideas for their students?

Faculty Development sessions focus on training for entire school faculties. The emphasis is placed on expanding current teaching models, including strengthening school learning communities, advancing best practices, and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and lesson planning.

Duration: From 2-hour sessions up to 6-hour days, multiple days per year.


Teaching Artist Development is a course for new and experienced teaching artists in effective methodologies and best practices for teaching in the K-12 classroom. Artists explore multiple approaches of thinking about, expressing, and harnessing their art form for students and teachers.

Duration: Typically 3-10 sessions of 3 hours each. Sessions are held once or twice per week to allow time to integrate the content into artist work. Sessions can be customized to specific needs.

For more information about Professional Development,
contact: Keith Wyffels, Manager of Professional Development