Students are introduced to music by learning to play the flutophone as third graders. There are ten traveling music teachers, each assigned to three schools, who give music instruction to students in elementary schools. At the beginning of grade 4, the students attend the Music in Our Schools program. If a student shows an interest in learning to play a musical instrument, the music teacher sets up ameeting with the studentís parents.
There are a limited amount of instruments available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, so itís important that a decision is made in a timely manner. If there are no instruments available, they can be rented or purchased from a local music store. Students may enter the music program at any time during grades 4, 5,and 6, but it is better if they begin early.
As students progress, they perform in the Winter and Spring Concerts at their school site. In the spring, students are given a chance to audition for the annual Spring Concert held at the Bakersfield Convention Center.
unior high/middle school teachers continue instrumental music instruction for grades 6, 7 and 8. Students at this level perform in various local parades and school functions.
Music participation enhances:
- Problem solving
- Team work
- Memory skills
- Self-confidence and respect
- and much, much more!
Music appreciation at the concert level is encouraged throughout the school year. The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra holds three Young Peopleís Concerts at the Bakersfield Convention Center for students in grades 3, 5, and 6.
Young Audiences, another patron of the arts, hosts various musical programs, including demonstrations and student participation.