To impact children’s lives by creating a sense of community through after-school musical training and enrichment programs.
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.
To increase inter-racial and cultural harmony in Louisiana by engaging children through music.
HOW WE DO IT
Students in grades K-5 meet two or four times a week for music instruction. Violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, and percussion lessons are offered, in addition to foundations lessons for the youngest Kids’ Orchestra students. A community-wide choir is also available to 2nd – 6th graders.
All Kids’ Orchestra students are provided with supervised homework time before each music lesson. Additionally, beginning in the 2016-17 school year, Kids’ Orchestra became a U.S. Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center, a program that provides academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours. In addition to music instruction, students at 21st Century sites receive academic support from trained tutors, including standardized test preparation, to help them meet state and local standards in core subjects such as reading and math.
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.