Boston Arts Academy
Boston Arts Academy (BAA) is a pilot school within the Boston Public Schools, and is the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Serving over 440 students, all of whom reflect the diversity of Boston’s neighborhoods, BAA is charged with being a laboratory and a beacon for artistic and academic innovation. Their graduates exemplify the transformational power of the arts. BAA nurtures the collaborative, creative and culturally empathetic characteristics needed to respond to the challenges of the 21st Century. Educators, policy-makers, corporate leaders and activists from around the world come to BAA because they believe in the success of a strong arts-education model. Boston Arts Academy proudly prepares a diverse community of aspiring artist-scholars to be successful in their college or professional careers, and to be engaged members of a democratic society.
The Lang Lang Keys of Inspiration at Boston Arts Academy program has had a powerful and lasting impact on BAA. Before the establishment of the program, our school’s keyboards were out of date and in various states of disrepair. The Piano Lab donated by the Lang Lang International Music Foundation has greatly strengthened our music education program. The Lab is used by all 175 music students in music theory classes, which they take for two years. The Piano Lab is ideal for teaching note-reading, ear training, music dictation, sight singing, intervals, and scale construction. In the Lab, students are able to hear what particular notes and chord progressions sound like, which improves their technical skills and artistry. The Piano Lab has become an essential resource for developing well-rounded musicians who can perform comfortably in a range of musical styles. We are incredibly grateful to the Lang Lang International Music Foundation for strengthening our music program, and for making it possible for our students to have access to high-quality instruments.