Santa Barbara Symphony Music Education Center
Connecting musicians to kids, kids to music, and music to the community
Each year, the Santa Barbara Symphony provides more than 10,000 children in Santa Barbara County with high quality, equal-access music education through its Music Education Center: a pipeline of connected programs designed to support students every step along the way. From their first experience holding an instrument to applying for college, the Symphony’s Music Education Center is there. Through partnerships with school districts and other community organizations, the Santa Barbara Symphony’s Music Education Center empowers students in grades TK-12 to be at their best through music.
Education Programs Manager
Music Education Center Programs
The Music Van is our award-winning mobile music classroom. It is filled with orchestral instruments and travels to elementary schools throughout Santa Barbara County every fall with a team of docents. The Music Van program is aimed towards introducing classical music to 3rd graders, allowing them to see, hear, touch and play the instruments.
Concerts for Young People is an interactive and kid-friendly symphonic concert for students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade presented yearly at the Granada Theatre. The concert is designed to introduce classical music in a concert and ensemble setting. Teachers also receive lesson plans to help them integrate classical music into students' daily curriculum leading up to the concert.
Elementary School Programming encompasses a variety of free music instruction programs in the Goleta, Hope and Santa Barbara school districts.
Santa Barbara Junior Orchestra is an ensemble of beginning to intermediate strings, woodwind, brass and percussion players, ages 9-14. The Junior Orchestra teaches the basics of ensemble-playing and rehearses weekly during the school year. Membership fees are required, however scholarships are available. Auditions are required but for placement purposes only.
Santa Barbara Youth Symphony is a youth orchestra comprised of intermediate and advanced strings, woodwind, brass and percussion players, ages 12-18. The Youth Symphony rehearses weekly during the school year. Auditions are membership fees are required, however scholarships are available.
Every concert season, several guest artists perform with Santa Barbara Symphony. Musical Mentors onnects these guest artists to the community, through a school, community group or nonprofit organization.