About Live! Music & Kids
Our Programs are twofold:
Music Appreciation Program: our award-winning “Live! Music & Kids” education program brings professional musicians to the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club for afternoon performances and classes. During the Music Festival, we provide in-school performances from festival artists, after-school workshops, interactive meet-the-artist events, discounted Festival tickets and youth volunteer opportunities.
Music Performance Enhancement Program: our outreach extends to the four Laguna Beach Schools on an as requested basis, from Master Classes with our acclaimed jazz artists at the High School to string quartets and other ensembles at the lower grades to inspire participation in music by the students.
These programs are possible, thanks to support from:
City of Laguna Beach
Assistance League of Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach Live! Members
Pam Estes, Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Club, comments, “Without Laguna Beach Live! there would be no music at all here – and music is such an important part of life. I once heard a quote – ‘Music is what feelings sound like.’ We are totally dedicated to helping young people discover their voice and exercising creative expression. Music transcends so many factors – language, culture, age -- and brings us all together. Thankfully, Laguna Live! has opened that door for so many young ones here at the Boys & Girls Club."
We know that frequent exposure to the arts during childhood is essential to creativity and learning. The arts inspire children’s creative thinking; promote teamwork; and, decrease school dropout rates and absenteeism…all important elements to success in school, the workplace and life in general.
One of the most popular classes is the instrument “petting zoo” when high school music students have come to the Boys & girls Club to introduce the children to different instruments.
Dr. Randy Pile's academic credentials include degrees in Music from UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. His Ph.D. dissertation was based on a revision of the guitar works of Joaquin Rodrigo, which he undertook while working closely with Maestro Rodrigo at his home in Madrid. He presented a Master Class at LBHS.