The Suzuki Music Program of Los Angeles stands with people of color in our community and throughout this country, and emphatically agrees that Black Lives Matter!
It is clear that we have an enormous task before us to assist in eliminating inequality and injustice, and we hope that SMPLA can play a key role in contributing to substantive social change through transparency and authenticity in our own program, and through supporting other music educationcommunities.
We are committed in the new year to reach out to public schools to inform families of our program, to offer scholarships to families of color who express a need, and to include more music written by black composers. We agree with Rita Pierson, who says: “Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” This is a principle that Dr. Suzuki emphasized to teachers, that "every child can." Dr. Suzuki also said: “Man is a child of his environment.” Let us create a just environment for today’s children through access to music education.