Coming off a successful rollout into Chicago and New York City Public Schools, OpusYou expands its music education influence to include schools within the Los Angeles Unified Public School District (LAUSD) in 2018. The UK-based organization offers online teaching resources for music education designed to give teaching professionals a cost-effective, high-quality, structured-yet-flexible classroom tool. It is specifically created to meet the challenges of the twenty-first-century educational market.
Offered initially to a small number of schools, teachers will have access to a wide range of online musical resources including:
- high-quality audio-visual recordings of musical works designed to link with existing school curricula;
- talking head introduction;
- detailed lesson plans;
- suggested classroom projects that can be used as a springboard for further school activities.
Available for all school levels, each musical resource comes with several individually tailored, age-appropriate materials ensuring that its usefulness is maximized in every school situation.
OpusYou was founded by conductor-entrepreneur Scott Ellaway who has drawn from his considerable experience in the music and educational worlds. Ellaway states:
"Teachers are crying out for high-quality, easy-to-use resources that can be implemented on a long-term, sustainable basis. They recognize they are increasingly overstretched and pressured by administrative duties. Now, OpusYou responds to their cry, creating a product that fulfills these criteria, enabling them to get back to teaching in a hands-on, exciting way."
OpusYou's move into LAUSD is made possible through generous funding provided by the Find Your Light Foundation.
New streaming content will be released in time for this expansion from the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Scott Ellaway. Recorded in the fall 2017, Mr. Ellaway worked with the LSO to record Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony".
In addition OpusYou will also present a free live-streamed performance throughout the academic year that will take place on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:30 AM PST. In this session Ellaway will conduct the London Symphony Orchestra from the Henry Wood Hall in London, England performing Catch and Release by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
This live-streamed project was inspired by an earlier partnership between Mr. Ellaway and the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut during 2016.
OpusYou provides a structured, interactive, online musical resource platform that incorporates adaptable lesson integration, community sharing, and suggestion elements for improved learning and time management.
Scott Ellaway is a representative of a new generation of conductors and music directors tackling the challenges facing musicians in the twenty-first century. A graduate of the University of Oxford, Ellaway was recently ranked as one of the UK's Top 10 emerging conducting talent by BBC Music Magazine following a string of critically acclaimed performances.