THE NEW WEST Symphony
of Ventura County
The New West Symphony Harmony Project is the first affiliate Harmony Project to be adopted directly into the education department of an orchestra. New West Symphony aims to use this youth development program to provide Ventura County families opportunities to participate in music—from seeing the orchestra live in concert, to putting the instruments directly into the kids hands for free and giving them the structured support to thrive.
The Harmony Project of Ventura County has adopted the model pioneered by the Harmony Project in Los Angeles and is adapting this model to meet the unique needs of Ventura County.
HARMONY PROJECT MISSION
Investing in Children & Communities Through Music
To promote the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice and performance of music.
To build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of children through music.
To develop children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding amongst people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs.
We accomplish this by bringing quality music instruction and ensemble playing to children who otherwise would not have access to it; complementing music education with supporting resources and opportunities; and, fostering a community of families that actively support their children’s
growth and development.
The mission of the New West Symphony Harmony Project is to provide an exciting, effective and inspirational youth development program through music education. The New West Symphony is dedicated to sustaining the Harmony Project program for the students from 3rd grade through 12th grade graduation. Newly adopted by this world-class orchestra, the New West Symphony Harmony Project serves approximately 95 third through sixth grade children attending Sheridan Way Elementary School and De Anza Middle School in West Ventura County. New West Symphony Harmony Project provides two hours per week of small group instruction as well as three hours per week of ensemble practice on Saturdays. It is our objective to fill in the gaps for those in need, build healthier communities and further support the current music education network for our County’s youth.
Stay informed about what's going on in the New West Symphony Harmony Project by reading our blog, PROUD TO PLAY MUSIC.
HOW IT WORKS
New students entering the program begin in a Musicianship Class that provides an exciting,fundamental music education with the use of recorders, recycled percussion instruments, and singing. All students in the musicianship class learn to read music, improvise, and perform. After passing out of the beginning musicianship class, students transition to orchestral instruments. We currently offer flute, clarinet, saxophone, percussion, violin and cello.
WITH YOUR HELP
New West Harmony Project will be adding a Strings program in Summer of 2013. In Fall 2013 the project will launch the beginning String Orchestra, and by Fall 2014 Harmony Project of Ventura County will launch the Harmony Project Youth Orchestra of Ventura County.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Kathy Asher, Assistant Superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District, has said that the Harmony Project of Ventura County is “a dream come true, especially at a school such as Sheridan Way that serves children from lower socio-economic backgrounds who, for the most part, lack the financial resources to take private instrumental lessons.” Assistant Superintendent Asher continued, “Using a curriculum that has proven to be successful with English language learners is an added benefit to the students at Sheridan Way … [that] will reap the benefits of developing fluency in the English Language as well as fluency in music theory.”
Sarah Hodges, Director of Education/Flute Teaching Artist
Andrea Landin, Education and Artistic Operations Manager/Cello Teaching Artist
Paul Hanson, Lead Winds/Percussion and Musicianship Teaching Artist
Elisa Rega, Lead Strings/Violin and Music Appreciation Teaching Artist
Andrew Conrad, Clarinet and Saxophone Teaching Artist
Jorge Mijangos, Son Jarocho Teaching Artist