Instrumental Music Program
Westlake Middle School, Chinatown/Central Oakland, (2007 and 2008)
This program gave students a chance for individual instruction with local professionals outside of their regular school music classes. Professional musicians served as in-class coaches and private teachers on specific instruments. The program, serving over 155 students, began in 2000. OFFTA was a key factor in launching the program by purchasing guitars, keyboards, and Chinese instruments, which have been re-used in subsequent programs. The Westlake music program has a full schedule, with more than 20 performances, both at school and in the community. At the Great America music festival Westlake ensembles—string orchestra, concert band, and jazz ensemble—all took first place. OFFTA funds provided for 110 coaching sessions in the 2008/09 school year.