June 27, 2012
photo Maya Kalinowski
On June 21, LACO received an email from a volunteer at the Woodland Public Library, which hosts weekend activities for elementary school students, with a resource for kids who want to learn the words to songs that are both educational and fun. One of the participating students found the link during computer time while they were preparing for weekend celebrations of World Music Day. Thanks, Emily, for sharing your find with LACO’s Kid’s Eye View blog for everyone to enjoy.
On that same day, LACO’s Play Me, I’m Yours traveling piano was placed on the steps of the Central Public Library for the one day as part of our city’s first Make Music Los Angeles. MMLA is based on France’s Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982, which has become an international phenomenon celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal and Japan.
The piano was a huge hit with city workers and visitors to the Library – young and old – delighted to plunk out a tune or listen to the talent of friends or strangers. Remarks like “This is so fun!” and “Oh my, can anyone play?” abounded.
Let’s make music – and sing – our way through the summer, fall, winter and spring!