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SLAM!: Changing the Way We Think About Music Education

Roi Matalon

April 30, 2014

We believe that music fosters individuality, creativity, and a deep sense of fulfillment in young people and, as such, should be an essential part of our education system. Yet data from the 2012-2013 school year shows that more than 50% of high school students across Los Angeles County are not receiving any music instruction throughout all four years of high school. These ‘solutions’ to budget cuts deny our students a holistic educational experience and youth ultimately miss out on important platforms for creativity and self-expression.

SLAM! Program Los Angeles engages a network of passionate college student volunteers to teach after-school music classes in underserved public high schools, filling the critical voids left by underfunded or nonexistent music programs. Check out our Indiegogo Campaign Page to find out how you can help - SLAM! Campaign Page (

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  • Chris Marshall

    This rocks. Literally. Roi, thanks for sharing the news about this great initiative. When I was in elementary school, my parents intentionally sought out schools that had solid music programs. It took me a while to find an instrument that I really enjoyed - suffering through the French Horn and Piano - but eventually I landed in a jazz band playing the alto sax. It was a super fun way to explore music improvisation and develop an appreciation for this instrument. I was in 7th grade. I still remember jamming with my super hip music teacher, Mr. Martin, at St. George's school in Toronto. These programs are awesome - music is awesome. Good luck with the campaign.