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Compton school district readies for ‘Music Unites Day’

The goal of Music Unites is to craft a custom, scalable music program for schools

Compton Herald | Music Unites Day
Music Unites Day & Compton Unified School District partner to create Music Unites Day ON March 28 in observance of March/Music Education Month, a commitment to bringing arts education, leadership, mentorship and entrepreneurship back in schools. Photo courtesy of Music Unites

Guests, performers and speakers include J.D. McCrary, John Lindhal, Tone Stith, Randy Jackson, Tim Storey, and Demetrius Shipp Jr.

COMPTON (MNS) — In celebration of March / Music Education Month, the Compton Unified School District in partnership with Music Unites, will unveil Music Unites Day on March 28, a day-long celebration empowering youth through music education.

Ten-year-old music sensation J.D. McCrary, who stars as baby Simba in the Lion King movie; John Lindhal of Music Unites, and R&B artist Tone Stith will perform on the day, with guest speakers Randy Jackson, Tim Storey, and Demetrius Shipp Jr., sharing their personal stories.

Lindhal will also host 90-minute workshops alternately at participating schools, Centennial High and Bunche Middle schools, and Kelly Elementary, at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m., marking the first time CUSD has granted an official day to celebrate music education. Music Unites will program an impactful educational panel which the non-profit refers to as Music-Versities, where students will hear from leading industry executives on the importance of leadership, mentorship, and their careers behind the scenes in the music and entertainment industry.

According to Michelle Edgar, founder and executive director of Music Unites, the goal is to craft a custom scalable music program for schools, a priority initiative for Music Unites.

“We are honored to receive an official day,” said Edgar. “Our long-standing history in Compton has been over five years and for [CUSD] Superintendent [Darin] Brawley and the district to present us with the opportunity and commit resources to this [event] shows that arts education is a top priority in the district and we hope to use this as a model to spread across the country.”

The Compton school district is committing $50,000 to the Music Unites Academy, as well as funding for afterschool music programs which will include instrumental, guitar and beats production.

“We believe as a district that the arts are absolutely vital to the development of the whole student,” said Brawley. “That is why we are so excited about this partnership with Music Unites. It will open doors to amazing opportunities for our students and help ensure that this is a district where the arts thrive.”

Major sponsors of Music Unites Day are REAL 92.3 (KRRL FM), Guitar Center, H&M, Scholly, The Music Center, and We Day.

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