To conduct quality afterschool music and academic enrichment programs for all elementary students across socioeconomic backgrounds within our community.
Through strategic partnerships with 21 different public, private, and charter schools across East Baton Rouge Parish, students and families have broad access to Kids’ Orchestra programming.
Kids’ Orchestra programming utilizes Music, Academics, Mentorship, and Performances to help develop the whole child.
Students in grades K-5 meet two or four times a week for music instruction. Violin, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, flute, clarinet, and percussion lessons are offered, in addition to foundations lessons for the youngest Kids’ Orchestra students. A community-wide choir is also available.
Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, Kids’ Orchestra became a certified 21st Century Community Learning Center, a program of the U.S. Department of Education. The principles of 21st Century are to prepare students for academic and life skills success in a modern America. As an official 21st Century program, Kids’ Orchestra has expanded its tutoring services to include test preparation and homework assistance tied to state standards in addition to expanding such services from two days a week to four days a week.
Teaching artists and site coordinators serve as role models in the lives of Kids’ Orchestra students. The weekly presence of these responsible adults provides structure and consistency to some of our community’s most vulnerable children, allowing them to find success not only in music but in their regular school day and home life.
Every child has the opportunity to perform. More than 30 performances are scheduled per year, including the series of Winter and Spring Neighborhood Concerts, community appearances and the Honors Showcase.