Kiva Loan Dedication

Tanitra

Arts
Arts
United States
Los Angeles
United States
$9,950
Loan
Amount

Tanitra grew up as the youngest of three children in the small artistic town of Fairbanks, Alaska. She left home at the age of 18 to pursue her musical aspirations and to study clarinet and music education at UCLA. She taught music classes in Compton, California, for three years while in school. She noticed the large gap in music education programs available to students of color; they did not have any programs outside the UCLA students. Tanitra’s four year old son is a strong motivator behind her passion to create musical opportunities for the community. When her son started to play an instrument, she could not find a suitable program without driving through LA traffic. In 2011, she started the Southern California Fine Music Center (SCFMC) to provide quality music education through on-campus music programs in the Inglewood Unified School District. Tanitra also provides education through parks and recreation programs, summer music camps, and private lessons throughout Southern California. She has assisted over 80 low-income children in the city of Inglewood. Now, because she has more students, she needs to move her music school…

Tanitra grew up as the youngest of three children in the small artistic town of Fairbanks, Alaska. She left home at the age of 18 to pursue her musical aspirations and to study clarinet and music education at UCLA. She taught music classes in Compton, California, for three years while in school. She noticed the large gap in music education programs available to students of color; they did not have any programs outside the UCLA students. Tanitra’s four year old son is a strong motivator behind her passion to create musical opportunities for the community. When her son started to play an instrument, she could not find a suitable program without driving through LA traffic. In 2011, she started the Southern California Fine Music Center (SCFMC) to provide quality music education through on-campus music programs in the Inglewood Unified School District. Tanitra also provides education through parks and recreation programs, summer music camps, and private lessons throughout Southern California. She has assisted over 80 low-income children in the city of Inglewood. Now, because she has more students, she needs to move her music school from her house to a studio in Inglewood. Tanitra will offer regular community music classes that introduce families to the possibilities of a music education. Because her business is a start-up, she couldn't get a bank loan, so she approached PACE for a Kiva loan. She will use the $9950 loan to buy musical instruments and lease the studio. The academy will offer classes for all levels of experience and ages, infants through seniors. SCFMC will operate two instrumental music camps during the 2013 summer in the Inglewood / Ladera Heights area, saving parents the long drive to other cities to enhance their child’s education through music.

To: my mom, Ivana...

I chose this loan because... Because I am forever grateful for my mom listening to me when I was 6 yrs old and said I wanted to learn to play piano. 42 yrs later, it is still a passion and I feel so very blessed to now teach, perform and share the magic that is music w/ others.

Dedicated
April 5, 2013
by Melina

To: Erin and Bill Foster

I chose this loan because... To the best music teachers I know.

Dedicated
April 4, 2013
by Erin & Duncan Larkin

To: Claudia Viek

I chose this loan because... Claudia is a visionary that is a force for entrepreneurship, self-employment and local economic development.

Dedicated
April 4, 2013
by Heidi

To: River Rosser

I chose this loan because... Tanitra's project sounds wonderful and it's River's 2nd bday!

Dedicated
April 4, 2013
by Heather & Alba

To: Wildwood School

I chose this loan because... of how much I learned from both my colleagues & Division 1 students (the eventual classes of 2008 & 2009), & because of how impressed I have always been & continue to be by the school's integrity and the way it imparts that integrity to its students.

Dedicated
April 2, 2013
by Sharon