"The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez" is now available on Netflix. It is so incredibly sad to see what was allowed to happen to this young boy and so many more.
This makes all of us at Music and Kids so proud to be administering the music programming at the City of Palmdale's Gabriel's House.
All of this attention has caused an upsurge in the number of families asking to have their children enrolled in the programming at Gabriel's House. Now, more than ever, we need your help!
This image was captured at the end of the documentary.
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Great news! Music and Kids has just formed a partnership with Help For Heroes to create the Joe Esparza Scholarship Fund!
Who is Joe Esparza?
Joe was a son, a father and a husband. He was a musician and a big part of our Lancaster community, and he worked for and supported Help for Heroes and Vets for Veterans. He was well known among first responders and veterans in the Antelope Valley, and the youth in the Antelope Valley knew him well because his son, Max, was just one of the many young kids he mentored.
When he asked Chuck Murphy to perform at a Vets for Veteran event, that was the beginning of Chuck getting to know Joe. Chuck quickly learned that Joe was the kind of man that gave back and he did just that until his passing in 2019. There are many people in the Antelope Valley that knew Joe and miss him, but few will miss him the way his 20-year-old son will miss him.
Max is an accomplished singer-songwriter with a heart of gold, and he is working hard to fill his father’s shoes without losing himself in the mix. We hope that Music and Kids can help in keeping his father's legacy alive by creating a scholarship fund in Joe’s name.
The Joe Esparza Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund would be used to fund free music lessons for the children of first responders in the Antelope Valley through programs offered by Music and Kids and Gabriel’s House in Palmdale. CA. Max, Chuck Murphy and the students of Music and Kids and Gabriel’s House will be doing both small and large fundraisers all year long and any other local musicians that would like to help us can join us.
David Skyy, a Music and Kids alumnus, is having great success with the songs he has released, with 69K+ listens to "Good Day" on Spotify and a great new video for his song, "My Baby" out on YouTube!
Check out David's music and spread the word!
David Skyy on Spotify
Gabriel's House is proud to announce it is open with after school hours. Starting February 3, 2020 we are open for walk-in tours and lessons. Children can visit with their parents to explore what music classes are available and get signed up for our waiting list. We will also be starting a group guitar lesson for children 7 to 10. More to come...
Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 2pm - 5pm, come by Gabriel's House to check out the facility, learn more about what we do, learn about volunteer opportunities and submit your child's application for a scholarship for music lessons. Keep your eye on these newsletters about more upcoming programming at Gabriel's House.
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In support of programming at Gabriel’s House and Music and Kids, Chuck Murphy will be performing in Local Events, Concert Venues, Regional Festivals, and Senior Centers in the Antelope Valley and beyond, with support from student performers from the Music and Kids and Gabriel’s House programs. These students are currently enrolled with these programs and have shown progress and promise in their performance skills. This series will bring joy and entertainment to audiences in the Antelope Valley, Southern California and beyond, and to the members of our communities currently residing or participating in programming at our local senior centers. In addition, live performances will enhance the skills being developed by the talented young people in the Music and Kids and Gabriel’s House programs and give them the feeling of accomplishment that should result from their hard work and practice.
Your business or organization can provide support to fund the Gabriel’s House & Music and Kids Concert Series and the Music and Kids program, to allow more students to receive music education from paid, qualified teachers. Your sponsorship will be recognized through marketing and promotional efforts that will bring more attention to your business.
Please choose your level and download the form on the Music and Kids website and submit it to Music and Kids at firstname.lastname@example.org or Music and Kids, P.O. Box 619, Palmdale, CA 93551.
Jordan Tatum represented Music and Kids with her beautiful performance at the City of Lancaster's Tree Lighting Ceremony!
Raising funds to support the AV Hospital Forensic Service Unit for victims of domestic violence in our local community.
Each year, High Desert Medical Group and the Antelope Valley Press sponsor the Senior of the Year contest. Nominations are solicited from members of the community through advertisements. All nominations are reviewed by a committee and this year five were selected as finalists.
Chuck Murphy, Founder and CEO of Music and Kids, was among the finalists in this year's contest, alongside fellow nominees Jean Nizlak, Katie Stanley and Lynn Agostino, and the winner: Ronald Salser.