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 350 elementary-age children across East Baton Rouge Parish and provide them with the opportunity to study music, learn an instrument, and perform in an ensemble.
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 in grades K-5 meet two times a week for music instruction. Violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, and percussion lessons are offered, in addition to music foundation classes for our youngest students.
All Kids’ Orchestra students are provided with supervised homework time before each music lesson.
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 20 performances are scheduled per year, including the series of Winter and Spring Neighborhood Concerts, the Honors Program Spotlight Performance, and community concerts.