Anderson Children's Foundation

Dr. Carreon Academy

Dr. Carreon Academy

(2018-2019)

Dr. Reynaldo J. Carreon Academy, located in Indio, serves a student population of more than 700 students. The 2017-2018 school year was the first year in the school's history that every student at the school received music instruction within the regular instructional day.

The goal of the grant is to provide opportunity to serve all students in a music classroom and to increase student investment, motivation, and achievement through full active participation in music. The grant provided by the Anderson Children's Foundation will provide musical equipment such as ukuleles, bells, and percussion instruments to students to use on their own while in the music classroom. Furthermore, students will now have opportunity to perform both vocal and instrumental music that have positive messages at future concerts.

Contact Person: Brian Foley

Contact Email: brian.foley@desertsands.us

Instruments for Music Club (2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017)

The music club at Dr. Carreon Academy began during the 2012-2013 school year with 15 students involved after school. In 2013-2014, the music club had grown to over 60 students. Students who participated showed a desire to learn music staying one hour after school per week over the course of the school year. With very little to no instrumental inventory belonging to the school, the students learned music by performing either on recorders or on instruments that were on loan. They learned to perform within an ensemble, while learning to read music notation, performing music from various cultures and time periods.

Thanks to the generosity of the Anderson Children's Foundation, Dr. Carreon Academy has been able to support a music club with considerable growth in student participation. The funds provided by the grant provide instruments to students to play during the school year and helps students prepare for a musical future once they move to middle school. With the instruments provided by the grant, the music club plans to showcase their hard work through a number of performances at school such as the annual Winter Arts program, Read Across America Week, and the annual Cinco De Mayo Festival. Off campus the music club plans to perform at Palm Desert Charter Middle School's Rock-the-House event as well as in the community.