Music Program

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About Kid City music

When Kid City opened its doors in 2008 to children and youth in downtown Los Angeles, it quickly began offering its first music lessons. It started as just a couple of kids getting guitar and drum lessons on secondhand instruments, and soon blossomed into a vibrant program that now serves youth from elementary to high school graduation and beyond. Wish List

What we do 

Private and group lessons are offered to beginning and advanced students on a number of instruments including strings, winds, piano, guitar, bass and drums. 

Our goal is to awaken underrepresented high school students to the arts and higher education via music. Students in the music program will gain an appreciation of music, and see themselves not only as music-consumers but music-makers. Every semester (Fall and Spring) students can apply to take music lessons and or join the band. Want to take music lessons or join the band?Please contact us at: 213. 749.7371 info@kidcityhopeplace.org

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Students

We encourage students in 9th and 10th grade to join the program, but 11th and 12th graders are welcome. No Prior musical knowledge or instruction is required; students are selected based on commitment and willingness to learn. Students are from low-income, mostly immigrant families, mostly Latinx, but diverse in many ways. 

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Lessons: 

One-on-one lessons are offered on Tuesday and Thursday to beginning and advanced students on a number of instruments including strings, winds, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

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Band Practice:

The Kid City Band is composed of high school students from downtown LA and nearby neighborhoods. They meet on Thursday to learn a wide repertoire of music including jazz, pop and rock. In the past, the Kid City Band has performed at the House of Blues, Splash Of LA, First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, and regularly at fall and spring recitals.

Staff &Volunteers 

Colin Deas, Band Director and Music Instructor, is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Los Angeles. He has a degree in music from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been performing since a young age. He has played in orchestras, wind ensembles (including as a saxophone soloist with the UC Berkeley Wind Ensemble), big bands, jazz combos, rock bands, folk/country groups, choirs, and pit orchestras. In addition, he spent time at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, studying the history and performance of Irish traditional music. He helped record, and produce Make Things Right, an EP by pop/soul music artist Christopher Youmans & the Sound Agency, and has served of Musical Director for the group since 2015. Since moving to LA, he has performed with a number of local acts and taken up synthesizer design and music production. 

Jade Shi, Music Volunteer, graduated from USC in May of 2017 with a degree in Public Relations and Business. She currently works in consumer branding and media relations for a PR firm in Downtown Los Angeles. As a lifetime lover of music, Jade has studied piano, flute and vocal arts for several years, and is thrilled to volunteer with the KC music program. She teaches piano and voice at Kid City.

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