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Take 5 for Music

Take Five for Music
will be made available for those elementary and middle schools that do not have a music specialist. Of the 119 elementary schools in the San Diego Unified School District, there are only 30 music specialists available. As the second largest school district in California and the eighth largest urban district in the United States with nearly 135,000 students in pre-school through grade 12, students in this district are extremely diverse, representing more than 15 ethnic groups and over 60 languages and dialects. To ensure that all students have the opportunity to experience classical music, if even just in the classroom, the pairing of the Hunter Family Music Memory Program and Take Five for Music helps reach that goal.

Complementing the already successful Hunter Family Music Memory Program, Take Five for Music is designed to introduce young people to great works of classical music. Using a series of CDs and a script that is read by the teacher, principal or fellow student, pieces of music are played at the same time of day, five days a week, from September through June each year. There is enough music to keep a yearly rotations going indefinitely given that each child in elementary school is there for five to seven years.

An integral part of the program is repeated listening: by listening to the same piece of music each day – lasting approximately five minutes – students get to learn about the composers, historical context and classical art while improving listening skills.


$300. Teaching materials include a comprehensive resource book is provided for teachers and administrators with a list of 131 musical selections organized by composer, daily scripts for each musical selection, learning outcomes, steps for successful implementation, extension activities, reference materials, and a set of NAXOS CDs containing all musical selections. Materials cover a period of five years, and can be adapted to suit individual school requirements. Therefore, only one set of materials is needed for each school.


Ross Moore, Nova Education Ambassador
(858) 350-0290 office, ext. 210



Corporate Support

Foundation Donors

$40,000 and above
The James Irvine Foundation
The Parker Foundation

$20,000 and above
Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

Maestro's Circle

Susan Childs
Samuel Simon Dychter, M.D.
Frances Hunter
Gay and Albert Hugo-Martinez
Claude and Bobbi Kordus
Judith A. Moore
Sue and Bill Weber

Major Government Support

Major funding provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

San Diego Community Enhancement Program (Pam Slater-Price, Ron Roberts)

San Diego County Community Projects Grants Program (Pam Slater-Price)