A wealth of research has proven that studying music can have a profound impact on student achievement across a range of subjects–from reading to math and more. Supported by this research, the Foundation believes that providing early exposure to music is critical for CUSD students.
The Foundation’s investments in district-wide music include:
Weekly core music instruction for all elementary school students
Thanks to annual grants from the Carlsbad Educational Foundation, totaling more than $200,000 per year, the Carlsbad Unified School District has been able, since 2009-2010 and for the first time in the recent past, to hire and train the teachers needed to offer weekly vocal and instrumental music classes at all nine CUSD elementary schools. This program serves 200 classrooms and nearly 5,000 students per year.
New musical instruments for all elementary schools
In 2010-2011, the Foundation provided $3,000 per elementary school to purchase critically needed instruments for use in the core music program.
Recorders for every fourth grader
Thanks to a grant from Asymtek and the Nordson Corporation Foundation, the Foundation was able to grant the funds needed to purchase 800 recorders for use by each and every CUSD fourth grade student.
Helping students mentor their younger peers
Carlsbad Educational Foundation has set up a special fund to cover transportation costs so that students in middle and high school can attend lower grades for musical assemblies and demonstrations…inspiring their younger peers to become more involved through the musical arts.