Welcome to our blog! This is where we plan to document some of the exciting work The Leading Tone is doing, give you updates on program activities, and share our plans and news.
A look back: I started The Leading Tone because of an interest in exploring how music can be of service to community, especially in the context of youth development. After an initial, 8-week pilot project in conjunction with Local 586, American Federation of Musicians (the Oak Street Bucket Band, named in honor of of 586’s location at 12th and Oak Street) we were fortunate to find a home at Vista College Preparatory.
A look forward: In 2015 we started with the REACH Bucket Band; to that we’ve added movement (stepping) and recorders. Our hope is to grow musically with the scholars (as the students of Vista College Preparatory are called), introducing more advanced instruments and concepts while deepening our program’s understanding of how learning music and youth development intersect.