Santee making sound progress on bringing music back to school

It was the first day of after-school music classes for students in the Santee School District after a decades-long drought.

The district, in partnership with music professor James Sepulvado from Cuyamaca College and Bertrand’s Music in San Diego, just started offering the classes at all of its nine school sites. The Santee School District Foundation pitched in $40,000 to sponsor the classes, pay for instruction and help defer some of the cost to rent instruments, with no enrollment charges to families of fourth- through eighth-grade students.

It’s sad to imagine a school district going decades without any instrumental music offerings, but it’s encouraging to hear about the immediate success of this revitalized program.

Santee making sound progress on bringing music back to school | The San Diego Union-Tribune