I am Dr. Tanitra Flenaugh I’m a passionate performer and music educator with over 20 years of experience. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from UCLA while studying music education. I completed my doctorate degree from UCLA in performance & pedagogy in December 2012 and took a strong interest in Latin jazz and Latino composers such as Paquito D’Rivera and Astor Piazzolla.
I equally value the importance of being a strong performer while being an innovative teacher. I envision a world where every child, regardless of their socio-economic status, has access to an excellent music education. In 2011 I started Southern California Fine Music Center with the goal of providing excellent music education services through on-campus music programs, parks and recreation programs, and private lessons throughout Southern California. Since then, we have served over 80 children through orchestral music education and summer camps.
We have now expanded and are opening the Ladera Music Academy in Los Angeles, California enabling us to meet the needs of the community even more. This location listens to the community and serves their needs in music education. No longer will the residents of Ladera Heights or Inglewood need to drive to the South Bay, Marina del Rey, nor Santa Monica in order to meet their music educational needs.
The purpose of this blog is to educate the community of the importance of music in our lives especially the child in their early years. We also aim to provide resources and oportunities for musicial exploration. Music is not only a powerful medium for creativity, it also teaches
numerous life-long lessons & skills that help us to become happier, healthier, whole, & productive human beings long after the lessons may stop.
On this blog you may find articles and commentary about what’s happening in the music and arts education world, resources for local happenings and events, guest blogger stories from fellow musicians and educators, and interviews from prominent musicians. Parents will also find advice on best practices for their young musician, and musicians will find pointers on how to master their instrument.
We welcome and will even encourage your comments. Every voice is important so let’s stick to constructive conversation & commentary. Not everyone will share the same opinion, but that’s what it means to be human!
With warm regards,