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San Diego Jewish Academy expands successful innovative music initiative

San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) recently highlighted its successful music initiative that has been duplicated by schools nationwide in elementary, middle and high schools, according to a news release. SDJA also announced an expansion of its current songwriting program to include additional sessions that will lead to students writing an original song for their June graduation ceremony.

Nash@SDJA is now known as Writers Room U to schools across the country.

“Nash@SDJA started as a unique and innovative idea at San Diego Jewish Academy and has gone on to produce a nationwide movement of inspiring schools and musicians from Los Angeles to Massachusetts,” said Kelley King of SDJA. “When other schools were asking for ideas to teach music, I shared what we did at SDJA and the idea took off from there. Within just a few months, educators from across the country were bringing songwriters into their own schools. It’s been a thrill to see this program spread like wildfire.”

Nash@SDJA – now known as Writers Room U to schools across the country – brought professional songwriters and artists from Nashville to work with SDJA students over the first six weeks of the school year. Students learned about the writers/artists, their career paths, the music industry, and about the craft of composing lyrics and music. They heard the artists perform their original music and students in grades 2-5 wrote their own songs.

San Diego Jewish Academy’s initiative has inspired songwriting opportunities for students across the country, including:

? A YMCA on the East Coast is offering songwriting in their after-school program and is planning to expand it into their summer programs.

?A Jewish day school in Los Angeles ran the program in grades 4-6 earlier in the year and have now

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