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Give To The Max 2020

Walker|West is Ready for Give To The Max This year the big day is November 19th. You can make your gifts over the next 3 weeks to help us reach these 3 goals: Goal #1 – Raise $5,000 by November 19th Music helps us grow, music is culture, and music has the power to heal….

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Music for Families: An Interview with main instructor, Ivory Doublette

For Our Youngest Music Learners –Virtual Learning Has Its Perks Benny Moreno, photographer and social media manager for Walker|West had a change to catch up with Ivory about what’s new with our Music For Families program as we look forward to 2021. Enrollment is way up for the virtual Early Childhood program, why do you…

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Artist As Activist, Healer, Witness

“Music can heal the wounds which medicine cannot touch.” – Debasish Mridha Artist As Activist, Healer, Witness Sherine Onukwuwe Most of my summer days enduring the COVID-19 pandemic were spent indulging in music. Music got me through. My daughter in the yard with me on the porch sanding, staining, or painting some unfinished, up-cycled furniture…

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COVID 19 Updates: Walker|West Partial Re-Opening Plan 2020

Update To Partial Re-Opening Plan from October 2020: Walker|West To Return to Virtual Lessons Only on 11/16. In accordance with our partial re-opening safety protocols and due to a statewide increase of COVID-19 cases, our Re-Opening Team has decided to return to virtual lessons only, effective Monday November 16, 2020. While virtual lessons have continued…

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July 2020 Newsletter

Accents & Illuminations Newsletter – July 2020 Below is our Quarterly update from July 2020. Violin students and siblings Wacheke, Mukuhi, and Wangari strike a pose. Read more about their musical family on our blog. Walker|West Accents & Illuminations July 2020 Newsletter Powering through with Music We’ve made several major changes since early spring, specifically moving…

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Virtual Lessons Bring National Reach for Walker|West

Virtual Lessons Bring National Reach for Walker|West We are incredibly excited about our new initiative, “Walker|West without Walls”. Part of this new venture is pursuing new ways to gather, grow and explore through music. Our world moves with the use of technology. We’ve seen an uptick in virtual music learning because of COVID19. Through donor…

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Why Walker|West: Wacheke, Mukuhi, and Wangari

Why Walker|West: Wacheke, Mukuhi, and Wangari “Walker|West Without Walls – At Home,” our social media series, gives us access to the many layers of our community. Families, in particular, are foundational to our work. From Grant West and Tom West to Debbie Duncan and Mr. Duncan (her brother), to the Hashel sisters, and more –we’re…

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Walker|West 2020 Founder’s Awardee – Ariam Hashel

Walker|West 2020 Founder’s Award Recipient – Ariam Hashel Each year, Walker|West Music Academy acknowledges our graduating seniors for their commitment to their music education. This year, we honor the Class of 2020 for their perseverance through the Covid-19 Pandemic and moments of community unrest in response to systemic injustice. Additionally, the Walker|West Founders Award is…

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Walker|West Pursues Bold New Vision

Walker West Music Academy Pursues a Bold New Vision A summary of the 2020-2023 strategic plan and the full document are available for review. Walker West Music Academy is making one of the largest changes in its 32-year history. We are refocusing the organization on making a bigger difference in the lives of families and…

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COVID-19 Update: Summer Music Camp & Jazz Intensive

Walker|West Summer Program Update Summer is fast approaching and decisions must be made about our Summer Music and Movement Camp and the Jazz Intensive programs. We want to assure parents that our top priority is the safety of our students and families. Conditions and social distancing recommendations related to the COVID-19 outbreak are changing regularly….

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