OUR MISSION: To build a community of creative, confident, and socially engaged students through music education.
OUR VISION: To bring Louisiana together through music.
WHO WE SERVE: We serve elementary-age children across East Baton Rouge Parish and provide them with the opportunity to study music, learn an instrument, and practice the art of performance.
HOW WE SERVE OUR COMMUNITY: As an El Sistema-inspired organization, we have adopted the guiding philosophy that music education can create great musicians and positively change the life trajectory of children in a given community.
Students are offered instruction in a variety of settings including in-person, online group lessons, and online private lessons. Depending on age and experience level, students can choose to study one or more of the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. In-person instruction is offered at various local elementary schools. Learn more here.
For our youngest students in Kindergarten and 1st grade, we offer Foundations classes that explore age-appropriate introductory concepts and skills. We also offer an Instrument Explorers class for new 2nd and 3rd grade students that introduces students to a variety of instruments.
Each KO student is given the chance to perform twice a year, once in the winter and once in the spring. Both in-person and virtual programs give students the opportunity to show their family, friends, peers, and community how much they have learned and grown.
In addition to emphasizing social-emotional learning within in-person classrooms, we offer a series of virtual social-emotional learning (VSEL -- pronounced "vessel") lessons that parents/guardians can do together with their children to help pour positivity into their lives by cultivating important social and emotional skills.
Teaching artists 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.
As we continue to serve students in a virtual setting, we have partnered with 3 O' Clock Project to provide afterschool snacks for families. Any child living within the Baton Rouge city limits is eligible. Families can apply for healthy snack delivery here.