Founded in 2007, SOL-LA Music Academy is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) performing arts community school whose mission is to provide an outstanding education in the performing arts to young people in a fun, challenging environment, which encourages achievement and community. Enrollment is open to all students from all backgrounds and economic circumstances, taught by highly accomplished and dedicated music educators and performers.
Our comprehensive program reflects the belief that vibrant cultural education and ambitious inclusive programs, nurture all areas of learning, connect diverse communities and enhance the quality of life.
When I play music I feel as though I am making a contribution to the world. When we get together as a group to play music it is like creating beauty… We are coming together to create a large mitzvah for the world!
— YOKO ROSENBAUM, 9-year old SOL-LA student
Passion, expansiveness, focus, joy, and excellence all permeate SOL-LA from top to bottom; from the dedication of its staff to the atmosphere in the classes, to the absolutely wonderful end-of-term performances. We are very excited to be involved with SOL-LA from their beginnings and grateful to have been offered financial aid even as they are just getting started. SOL-LA promises to be a wonderful and influential artistic force on the Westside
— ASHLEY MAHER, SOL-LA Parent
I love SOL-LA because I made new friends while learning a lot about music. Mary Ann and Neli are the best teachers I’ve ever had.
— KOYAN SIDIBE, 8-year-old SOL-LA student
My favorite part of SOL-LA was when I wrote my own song and I was able to figure out the rhythm and the beat for everything myself. This year there are a bunch of new kids so chorus is really fun. I am learning a lot in Language of Music. Plus, Kathy is funny!
— PIETRO ALEXANDER, 10-year-old SOL-LA student
I was fortunate enough to grow up in Los Angeles when the arts in public education thrived, and my junior high and high school music programs launched me into a life in the arts. For this I am grateful, and it is the reason I am committed to doing what I can to improve the quality of arts education in Los Angeles. SOL-LA Music Academy has demonstrated a commitment to filling a gap in arts education. In a fairly short time they have rallied enormous community support for their vision.
— DAVID NEWMAN, Composer and Chairman of the Board of American Youth Symphony