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Classics 4 Kids

Music In Tune with Education

aka Classics 4 Kids   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.classics4kids.org

Mission

Inspiring children through the experience of music, generating creativity, academic success and cultural understanding.

Notes from the nonprofit

If you have any questions about Classics 4 Kids music education experiences please contact: Kiran Shelat - Executive Director [email protected]

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Kiran Shelat

Main address

3740 Fourth Avenue

San Diego, CA 92103 USA

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EIN

33-0706949

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Problem: Numerous studies show strong correlations between exposure to music education and increased scores in science, math, and reading, as well as decreased stress levels, improved social skills, and enhanced academic engagement. Yet schools continue to struggle with underfunding of music programs, particularly in low-income, Title 1 schools. Solution: Since 1994, Classics 4 Kids has been delighted to bring high-impact music education to elementary students in San Diego. Grant funding enables participation by low-income schools in Classics 4 Kids’ engaging music education programs. Engagement in these programs will positively impact the health and well-being of elementary students. To that goal, we seek funding to make these programs more accessible for disadvantaged youth in our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Educational enriching arts experiences

Classics for Kids serves all public, private and home schools throughout the region, reaching 20,000 children, teachers and parents annually. Concerts performed in professional venues target young audiences in preschool through sixth grade.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

The California Music Educators Association (CMEA) - Music Industry Leadership Award 2021

California Music Educators Association

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average price of field trip tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Educational enriching arts experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our programs are 100% free.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Educational enriching arts experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educational enriching arts experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Educational enriching arts experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Classics 4 Kids in 2021 reached 54,000 students, teachers, and families for FREE. We did this through our vital virtual programs. We know the need is increasing.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educational enriching arts experiences

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

based on %

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Educational enriching arts experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of advisory councils the organization is a part of

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of paid participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Educational enriching arts experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

54,000 participants for FREE

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educational enriching arts experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Educational enriching arts experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educational enriching arts experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Working with the San Diego County Office of Education, 42 School Districts specifically San Diego Unified School District, VAPA Departments, local 325 musicians Union, and various local artists.

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Educational enriching arts experiences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Classics 4 Kids aims to bridge the gap and support disadvantaged elementary schools with our unique music education.

We combine school subjects like science, physics, math, and social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts, with music from Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and female composers. Providing students with culturally diverse classical music education stimulates creative thinking, enhances problem-solving skills, improves communication skills, improves youth academic achievement character development, and
encourages active social engagement.

C4K strives to create positive, age-appropriate, fun and engaging experiences with classical music for Tile 1 students to foster a life-long interest and love of music as a catalyst for overall academic advancement and personal growth early on.

• Provide economically disadvantaged elementary students with Classics 4 Kids' innovative music education, which would otherwise not be available due to school budget cuts and low-income barriers to the arts;

• Foster a life-long interest in and appreciation of classical and other forms of music through early exposure to age-specific performances, to help build cultural audiences;

• Create and distribute cross-curricular lessons that impart arts integration strategies for Title 1 elementary teachers. This academic engagement in other common core subject areas, such as science, social studies, reading and math is part of the lesson plans, which are designed and developed by Classics 4 Kids. The education aligns with state standards for common core and Visual and Performing Arts, and correlates directly to the music, instruments, composers, history, culture and diversity of each unique concert;

• Create classical music education and professional symphony concert experiences to stimulate creative thinking, problem solving skills, greater communication skills, and active engagement. This project will include culturally diverse symphony concert performances paired with custom cross-curricular classical music education programs.

Students participating in the Equal Access Arts Project are increasing their creative thinking, problem solving skills, communication and overall academic engagement at a critical time in their learning continuum.

Our goal is to provide to every Pre-k-6th grade student San Diego and beyond. We continue to include social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts, with music from Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and female composers.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Phone Conversations,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Classics 4 Kids

Board of directors
as of 11/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Angela Dr. Wang

Pulmonologist

Angela Wang

Susan Roth

US Bank

Kathleen Lincoln

Viasat

Gaston Guerro

Self Employeed

Melissa Marin

401K

Elyse Nguyen

Qualcomm

Brian Marshall

Former Superintendent

Jake Moelter

Support.com

Nirmala Kripanarayanan

Consultant

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/2/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Unknown
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/22/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.