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Louisa Castrodale introduces Ray Kelley at the
Palm Springs Unified School District

The importance of music education and the arts must never be underestimated.  Music education/arts are the basis of world cultures and it is critical to keep them alive.  This form of education and understanding encourages young people to become involved in pursuing what may end up being their life-long passion.  Whether studying music as a hobby, or to pursue the adventurous life as a professional, it is hoped that anyone who shows an interest might have an opportunity to become a musician.

I was fortunate to have grown amily. My father, Richard F. Kelley, joined the string bass section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1930.  He was with the orchestra for 47 years, and was principal bass for 30 of those years.

My father’s choice of a piano teacher (for my brother and me) was pivotal in learning music basics, such as correct practicing disciplines as well as performance in front of audiences.  (My brother, Richard D. Kelley, has been a member of the L.A. Philharmonic, string bass section, for 55 years.)

The cello teacher my father selected for me (age 13) was the best possible choice he could have made for my future as a musician.  Due to excellent instruction and mentoring by Justin DiTullio, I became a professional cellist in the Utah Symphony at the age of 18.  After one year, I joined the Dallas (Texas) Symphony and then moved on to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  In 1968, and continuing to this day, I became a full time recording musician in Los Angeles.

These Music Education pages are dedicated to showcasing musicians, as well as important music instruction facilities around the world.  Many, if not all of these musicians, perform in ensembles, orchestras, recording studios and have founded music schools, teaching with a classical approach -- whether Eastern or Western forms of music.  

Nineteenth century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said it best: “Music is the international language of mankind.”

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