In-School and After-School Programs

Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Recipients 2012-2013

Allentown Symphony Orchestra, to help fund El Sistema Lehigh Valley, an after-school initiative run in cooperation with the Allentown School District. The ‘social justice through music’ program helps underserved and special needs youth to develop life skills learned by participating in daily music instruction, large ensemble performances, and academic tutoring. Allentown School District is the 3rd largest of 500 school districts in Pennsylvania, with 88% (or nearly 15,900 children) coming from low-income families.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, for OrchKids, a free in- and after-school music education program providing personalized music instruction, life skills training, academic assistance, healthy meals and positive mentorship to nearly 600 inner city students each year. In a typical OrchKids neighborhood, 71.2% of children live in single-parent, female-headed households and the high school completion rate is just 75%. The orchestra’s numerous partners include the Baltimore City Public School System, University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Peabody Institute, among others.

California Symphony Orchestra, for Sound Minds, a free, comprehensive after-school program for elementary school students in need, 100% of whom are eligible to participate in the free or reduced cost lunch program. Sound Minds features multiple modules, including music instruction, ensemble practice, theory and rhythm, community performances, and academic reading support. 120 first and second graders in Concord, CA will participate in 2013.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, for Young Strings, a music program for black and Hispanic children in grades 2 – 12 now celebrating its 20th year. The program features curriculum-based instruction, mentoring, master classes, performance opportunities, instrument loans, audition preparation, college application assistance, and career guidance, all provided free of charge. Young Strings aims to provide economically disadvantaged children with an opportunity to study a musical instrument, with a larger goal of increasing the diversity of American orchestras. More than 200 children will participate in 2013.

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, to expand its Kalamazoo Kids in Tune after-school music and youth development program. A partnership between the orchestra, Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Public Schools system, the program weaves the El Sistema philosophy and methodology of accessible, intensive, ensemble-based music learning through an after-school program for children with a high level of need. Non-music activities include a daily nutritious meal, weekly dance classes, daily homework help and 1-on-1 tutoring with volunteers for students with identified needs, and periodic field trips.

Los Angeles Philharmonic, for Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) one of the largest El Sistemainspired programs in the United States. The program provides free after-school instrumental instruction, ensemble performance opportunities, and academic support at two locations: YOLA EXPO Center in South LA and YOLA at Heart of LA (YOLA at HOLA) in the Rampart District. The students participating primarily attend Title I schools and live in neighborhoods with 75% of families’ household incomes at or below $20,000 per year.

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, for Progressions, its intensive string training program in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools and other urban schools. The program, now in its tenth season, provides private instruction and orchestral training in violin, viola, cello and bass to 3rd and 4th grade students.

Omaha Symphony Association, for More than Music, a program which pairs 4th, 5th and 6th grade elementary music students from Girls, Inc. with advanced high school and college student musicians for one-on-one musical instruction and mentoring. Students participate in Omaha Symphony music-focused outings, master classes, and side-by-side concerts with their mentors. 87% percent of the students served at Girls, Inc. are in households with an annual family income of $40,000 dollars or less, and over 81% live in single parent households or in environments without either parent.

Pacific Symphony, to develop Santa Ana Strings, a new collaborative project between the orchestra, Santa Ana Unified School District, and the non-profit organization THINK Together. 300 4th and 5th grade students from six Santa Ana elementary schools will receive year-round, in-school intensive group violin instruction from professional music educators; the program will also include an after-school and summer component. The program curriculum meets both the California Department of Education Music Content Standards and the Common Core Standards, promoting literacy as well as developing students’ ability to work together, analyze problems, and persevere in solving them.

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, for Community Opus Project, a communityresponsive, on-site, after-school program that provides affordable music education for children in Chula Vista, one of San Diego County’s lower income communities just seven miles from the Mexican border. Inspired by the El Sistema program, Opus serves more than 200 students at six primarily Title I elementary schools that do not offer music programs. In addition to a variety of community and funding partnerships, the orchestra has also joined with the University of California San Diego’s Center for Human Development and the Neurosciences Institute to conduct studies of Opus students to learn how music education affects children’s brain development and behavioral and cognitive skills.

Sphinx Virtuosi, for Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA), an intensive summer music program serving aspiring black and Latino students in pursuit of classical music studies, but who have limited resources and access to consistent high-quality training. This full-scholarship program provides boarding, private lessons and chamber music training for 64 students aged 12- 17 who are based at two sites: SPA—Chicago at Northwestern University and SPA—Oberlin at the Oberlin Conservatory.