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1901, 2021

Does “The Mozart Effect” Actually Work?

By |January 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Chances are you have heard of the theory that simply listening to classical music will make you smarter– otherwise known as the “Mozart Effect.” While the basic idea of the “Mozart Effect” is true, popular culture’s countless books, articles, and other reports of the idea are not 100% accurate. In fact just recently, a Harvard University study illustrated that music does not enhance childrens’ cognitive abilities. Additionally, the original 1993 [...]

1301, 2021

Classics 4 Kids is Recruiting New Members to Join Advisory Council

By |January 13th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Classics 4 Kids needs you for our Advisory Council! What is the purpose of our Advisory Council? Our Advisory Council is a volunteer group of community members formed to give advice and support to Classics 4 Kids’ staff. The is a no liability governance role that consists of individuals from community activists to music lovers. What is our Mission? Inspiring children through the experience of music, generating creativity, academic success [...]

1101, 2021

Artistic Director Dana Zimbric Inspires Youth Through Music

By |January 11th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dana Zimbric has been benefitting children throughout San Diego County with music education since 2003. This classically-trained conductor is on a mission to make classical music relevant, engaging and accessible for today’s audiences. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music and a Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting. In a competitive field that severely lacks leadership positions for women, she is paving the way for female conductors. She has led the [...]

401, 2021

Classics 4 Kids Thanks Mimi Lee for 15+ Years of Support!

By |January 4th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Mimi Lee is one of San Diego’s most remarkable community champions. She is a former teacher who specialized in students with special needs. After teaching, her second career was to advocate for special needs students at Grossmont Community College as the Chair of Disabled Student Services. During her 22-year tenure, she served on the Academic Senate and the Grossmont Hospital Rehabilitation Advisory Board,  achieved the rank of Professor, and was [...]

1812, 2020

C4K Music Educator’s Mariachi Ensemble Holds Virtual Holiday Concert

By |December 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Mario Eguia is one of Classics 4 Kids’ premier music educators, specializing in Mariachi. Mario plays the guitar, ukulele, trumpet, and many others. He also teaches these instruments in private and group lessons. Although he has no favorite instrument to play, he has a soft spot for the power of voice, and dearly misses in-person, live performances. He cherishes any opportunity he has to share his art with others, which [...]

1512, 2020

The Old Globe Provides Equal Access to Musical Theater through Free Radio Performances

By |December 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Public health restrictions during the COVID-19 Pandemic have resulted in many performing arts organizations innovating solutions to continue fulfilling their missions. While many groups, including Classics 4 Kids, are providing virtual performances and educational opportunities via Zoom, The Old Globe Theatre took a different approach. They are hosting their production of "Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! On the Radio" on December 20th at noon, and on December 24th [...]

312, 2020

Dana Zimbric Hosts Special Event for San Diego Students

By |December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Earlier today, Classics4Kids held our Meet & Greet Special Event hosted by Artistic Director and Conductor, Dana Zimbric. The Meet & Greet Special Event was a live virtual program designed for students at home to learn more about music from a C4K educator.  Throughout the event, Dana showcased her piano, named “Hershey,” and played a variety of classical songs from composers like Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. During her performances, Dana received [...]

1811, 2020

Kiran Shelat – Finalist in 2020 “Business Women of the Year” Awards

By |November 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

by Isaiah Crooks, C4K Intern:   This week I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking to Kiran Shelat, the Executive Director at Classics4Kids. Kiran is a finalist for the prestigious San Diego Business Journal’s “2020 Business Women of the Year Award”. This award “recognizes dynamic women business leaders who have contributed significantly to San Diego’s workplaces and communities.”  Kiran was nominated for the award by Kelly Makley– the [...]

311, 2020

Artistic Director/Conductor Dana Zimbric’s Feature in SD Voyager

By |November 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Music can share so much – from emotional response, to history, to amazing stories. Music can capture our shared humanity in so many wonderful and inspiring ways. I can’t imagine doing anything else.VISIT SD VOYAGER to read their most recent "Shout Out" and learn more about what inspired our Artistic Director and Conductor, Dana Zimbric, to pursue a creative path.

710, 2020

We Surpassed our Fundraising Goal!

By |October 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Our Virtual Soiree & Fundraiser was a HUGE success! GRAND TOTAL: $56,700 Special thanks to: our performers - Stars Aligned Siblings, our Wine Expert - Mike Zimbric, and all of our sponsors. All proceeds benefit our virtual music education programs to support distance learning across San Diego. In case you missed it, our program is now available on YouTube.

1609, 2020

NEWS RELEASE – Live Music Education Supports Distance Learning Students Across San Diego County

By |September 16th, 2020|Categories: News|

Upcoming Fundraiser Supports FREE Outreach Programs   Classics 4 Kids presents a virtual fundraiser to support their new online arts education programming for the 20-21 school year. Learn.Create.Connect was designed to support teachers by bringing live music directly into the virtual classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic.   “The pandemic has required significant changes to San Diego County’s public education systems, creating even more barriers to exposing students in low-income elementary [...]

1908, 2020

Highlights: Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts!

By |August 19th, 2020|Categories: News|

Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts in bringing music education to San Diego students. Classics 4 Kids provides vital music education to almost 20,000 students, teachers and families across San Diego County – through Orchestra performances, in-school workshops, online distance learning, community presentations, and through our “Heartstrings” program at Rady Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. Here are some Real Results: 17,000 Inspired Students 12,176 Title 1 [...]

406, 2020

Announcing Sing Me A Story: The Enchanted Tail on ITV Cable 16

By |June 4th, 2020|Categories: News|

In partnership with San Diego County Office of Education, Classics 4 Kids & Opera4kids performance of Sing Me A Story: The Enchanted Tail will be Broadcast on ITV Cable 16 Friday, June 5th @ 12:00pm Wednesday June 10th @ 12:00pm Friday June 19th @ 12:00pm. Join Classics 4 Kids musicians and vocalists Victoria Robertson and Bernardo Bermudez in the broadcast premiere of “Sing Me a Story: The Enchanted Tail.” Originally [...]

2605, 2020

Announce an exciting new initiative: C4K: LEARN. CREATE. CONNECT.

By |May 26th, 2020|Categories: News|

Classics 4 Kids is proud to announce an exciting new initiative: C4K: LEARN. CREATE. CONNECT. These FREE uniquely designed programs are catered to teachers and families educational needs wherever they are – virtually. Join us to see previously recorded C4K Concert on TV, Zoom a C4K musician into your virtual classroom, or build your skill as an educator through online professional development.




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