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Every fall the distinctive Pasadena Showcase House Music Mobile™ begins its presentations to third grade students in the San Gabriel Valley. The Music Mobile™ has visited nearly 125,000 third graders in local classrooms since its inception in 1971. Designed and implemented by Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, the Music Mobile™ has received numerous local and national awards for originality and educational excellence. Proceeds from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design have funded this highly effective music education program since its inception.

At each presentation, colorful banners identify the various instruments and instrument groups as the instructor teaches the students about the symphony orchestra. To further expand its community outreach, in 2005, PSHA contracted with the Pasadena Conservatory of Music that now administers and presents the Music Mobile™ Program. PSHA members assist the third graders as they are introduced to the individual instruments and have the opportunity to touch and attempt to play the brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments.

At the conclusion of the program, each student is presented with a gift of a CD recording: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten and Peter and the Wolf by Sergey Prokofiev.  Students leave the Music Mobile™ experience having gained exposure to classical music.  They have had an opportunity to hear a flute, see a flute, touch a flute and play a flute, as well as many other instruments.

Karen Klages

"I was a 3rd grader at Franklin Elementary School in the Pasadena Unified School District, in 1971, when the Music Mobile™ came to visit.  They held up the French Horn, then stretched out a 16-foot long piece of rope and told us that was how much tubing was wrapped in the horn.  From that moment on I was hooked.  Although I had been playing the violin, I knew that some day I would be a French Horn player.

And it happened.  I switched to the Horn in 7th grade and after music school training at Indiana University, today, I teach band and orchestra in Pasadena schools and play Horn professionally.  But it all started way back when the Music Mobile™ came to my school and showed all of us little kids the instruments and captured my imagination."

Since 2005, PSHA has been a proud partner of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, a community music school offering instruction, classes, lectures, and performances for people of all ages. PSHA extends the impact of Music Mobile™ by licensing the program to other music affiliated organizations.

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