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Learning music may help our brains as we age

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| A new article in National Geographic examines how music instruction affects us as we age. The findings? It may protect against memory loss.

Long Beach elementary parents pay for extra music education

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The PTA gives $20,000 to provide additional music instruction for kids at Longfellow Elementary School . The money was raised in a jog-a-thon.

Effort emerging to bring arts back to California prisons

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California state senator Ted Lieu is among a group of lawmakers and arts advocates hoping to resurrect arts education programming at California prisons.

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Harvard president and Wynton Marsalis advocate for arts education

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In an opinion piece for USA Today, Drew Faust and Wynton Marsalis called for an increase of arts education. They cited statistics showing that arts ed has declined.

6 months later, LA schools' arts plan still has no budget

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LAUSD's new arts plan was released to the public in July, with no funding. Now, a school board member is calling for a report on the plan's budget at a school board meeting in January.

Competitive Caroling: Only top students make the cut at Burbank high school

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For about 30 years, holiday caroling has been a yearly tradition at John Burroughs High School in Burbank. The performances can earn the school $3,000 to $4,000 per year.

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California groups get $4 million in NEA grant funding

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The federal arts agency awarded 167 grants to California groups on Wednesday - 11 of them focused on arts education, which got a $392,000 boost.

Anaheim schools to try Kickstarter for musical instruments

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City school district hasn't had instrumental music classes for its 19,000 k-sixth graders. School leaders are trying to give students an orchestra.