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.
As part of our virtual program KO@Home, students are offered instruction in a variety of settings including through Zoom group lessons and Zoom 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.
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.
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.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed all in-person performances until further notice. However, students have the chance to participate in virtual performances throughout the academic year, with a culminating virtual experience in the spring semester.
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.