CURRICULUM

FOUNDATIONS

Students in Kindergarten and first grade are placed in Foundations class, utilizing age-appropriate activities to begin developing their musical abilities and knowledge. Teaching artists use Kodály and Orff methods, combined with the Gameplan music curriculum.

GROUP INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS

Second through fifth grade students are offered lessons on violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. In group lessons, students learn basic playing technique, how to care for their instrument, and beginner repertoire which they showcase in the Neighborhood Concert Series twice per year.

21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER CURRICULUM 

21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math. Kids’ Orchestra became a 21CCLC in the fall of 2016 and has been implementing academic enrichment programming at designated sites throughout the 2016-17 school year, in addition to its core music curriculum.

HONORS PROGRAM

Students are invited to audition for the Honors Program and may be placed in one of three Honors Ensembles – Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, and/or Symphony Orchestra. Additional rehearsals and performances take place weekend afternoons at McKinley Middle Magnet. The opportunity is available at no additional tuition cost.

KIDS’ CHOIR

The Kids’ Choir program is offered to all students grades 2 – 6 in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Students participate in group voice lessons and perform as an ensemble at least twice a year.