Beth Sussman taught Musically Speaking to all the second-grade students (103 children) during 10 sessions at Rowan Avenue Elementary School in East Los Angeles, thanks to a grant from the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund. She guided the kids in fun, interactive games that included singing, dancing and School principal Margarita Gutierrez remarked, “This program enriched our students’ abilities to process language and build on vocabulary and foundational skills. Create Now is an amazing asset.”

Another music program took place at Urban Compass, which supports low-income children in Watts with programs to keep them safe. Create Now provided 20 pre-kinder children ages 3-5 with our Ready to Learn steady beat workshop, and they loved it!

Taught in just four classes by Kristen Herbert, these kids learned how to play musical instruments and sing as they bonded with their parents, who were given special training. One mother exclaimed, “My son wants to sing all the time now, and his spoken English has improved.”

Thanks to the Jubilation Foundation and Tides Foundation for helping to make this program possible.

Check out this short video about our Ready to Learn program at Urban Compass.