The Music Center

The Music Center is one of the largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the country, creating a cultural hub that is central to Los Angeles’ status as “the creative capital” of the world. Over two million people enjoy live performances and events at The Music Center each year. The Music Center is also a nationally recognized leader in arts education. Its Artsource curriculum units provide detailed lesson plans about important artists from a variety of cultures and styles and an enduring work of their art in dance, music and theatre. Video and audio resources help bring these performances alive for students. The lessons are appropriate for general classroom teachers and arts teachers alike. In addition, The Music Center presents special programs and festivals for children and families throughout the year. For more information, visit https://www.musiccenter.org/ and follow The Music Center on Facebook and Twitter (@MusicCenterLA).

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The innovative group Bang on a Can composes and performs pieces that reveal an exciting new hybrid of many musical styles, including rock, classical...
  • Arts
  • 3-5, MS, HS
California E.A.R. Unit musicians interpret and play the complex musical works of modern composers. Featured in this unit is "Shapes!" an...
  • Arts
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
This innovative theatre troupe brings books to life through their innovative approach to dramatizing stories and inspiring students to read. This...
Performed by world-class mimes Keith Berger and Sharon Diskin, Life Cycle follows the relationship of two characters, one female and one male, from...
“The Story of Babar, The Little Elephant” - The challenge of bringing a book off the page and onto the stage lies in transforming a two-dimensional...
This delightful glimpse into the past takes students back to an era before television - when radio was the main form of family entertainment. The 30s...
  • Arts
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
Tandy Beal is a dancer, choreographer, actress, comic and dreamer. Featured in this unit is an excerpt from HereAfterHere, a self-guided tour of...
  • Arts
  • 3-5, MS, HS
May Day Parade and Festival - Each year In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre works with their community to create a May Day Parade and...
A contemporary folk tale, The Boy Who Wanted to Talk to Whales, is about a boy who is compelled by a powerful dream to talk to the great whales. His...
Eugene Friesen casts a spell on his audience as he illustrates stories through songs, masks and inventive techniques on cello and electric cello...