How music can help at-risk kids?

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How music can help at-risk kids?

I think music helps at-risk children, because it levels the playing field for them – it makes them equal to everyone else in the world. And most importantly, it gives them the opportunity to go to college. I had 99% of my students to go to college, and most of them on a full ride scholarships, because they were able to play.
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Fernando Pullum, MA

Director of Performing Arts & Educational Specialist

Fernando Pullum is an educator and professional musician. In 1989 LAUSD recognized Fernando’s music program as the first music magnet in South Los Angeles. During the years that followed, 100% of Fernando’s students graduated with a high school diploma and only one student failed to enroll in college during the next fifteen years. Fernando has been recognized by many organizations and individuals throughout his tenure, including Oprah, VH-1 and the State of California as its teacher of the year.

Over the years, Fernando’s students have performed for many dignitaries, including President Ford and Prince Charles.  The students have performed with Jackson Browne, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and many other incredible musicians. They have opened the Playboy Jazz Festival four times and traveled to Cuba, Brazil, Spain, and New York.

He has an MA in Music Education and a MA in Trumpet Performance.

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