American Youth Symphony’s music education program, Share-A-Stand (SAS), provides LAUSD students with high-level, instrument-specific instruction. We train AYS musicians to become socially-conscious, engaging, and empathetic artist-educators. 


Musicians visit our partner schools as instrument-specific “String Coaches,” leading sectionals, rehearsing side-by-side with students, and mentoring students in their creative and personal growth. In addition to String Coaching, the AYS Community Educator leads group lessons that combine challenging music theory with fun and accessible music games and activities.


SAS is currently partnered with Markham Middle School in Watts, Griffith STEAM Magnet Middle School in East Los Angeles, and Robert Frost Middle School in Granada Hills, providing advanced music training to more than 300 music students.


Maintain Close Partnerships

with partner teachers in order to collectively strategize ways to provide more value for students. 

Meet Students

at their level of ability.

Foster an Environment

that values teamwork and respect, while encouraging creativity, fun, and enjoyment.

Develop Students

confidence, musical knowledge, and performance technique.


Over the past year, we expanded SAS to the digital sphere and created over 120 tutorial videos to be used not only by the schools in which we work, but also by the larger community of internet-savvy, young musicians seeking quality music instruction and inspiration. Click the button below to explore all 120 of our tutorial videos on YouTube!