Los Angeles Unified School District students are learning to play guitar and ukulele in online summer enrichment classes that started on June 15. Through a partnership with the Fender Play Foundation, the LAUSD is teaching more than 1,000 students how to play the instruments.
“Music helps students find a group and a sense of belonging to help them express themselves,” LAUSD Austin Beutner said. “It’s exciting to see how we can combine the online connection with students and great teachers together with instruments and the Fender Play App to create a truly unique learning opportunity.”
Since 2019, the Fender Play Foundation has supported educators and helped young people play music. Fender is providing equipment and Fender Play subscriptions to more than 1,000 sixth through eighth grade students who are learning acoustic, electric or bass guitar, and ukulele.
Fender will be working with LAUSD music teachers to teach students at least one song in the rock, pop, blues or Latin music genres. Students will learn 10 chords and how chord progressions work, and the history of musical genres. They will write an essay about a genre, solve math problems related to guitars and learn techniques to digitally record music.
“The mission of the Fender Play Foundation is to equip, educate and inspire the next generation of players as they embark on their musical journey,” Fender Play Foundation Co-President Evan Jones said. “With the stay at home orders at hand, people of all ages are learning guitar and new skills now more than ever and we want to support that creative expression however we can.”
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