The Symphony Music Education Center

Education Programs


Hours of Instruction


Students served in Santa Barbara County


Education Concerts each Season

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.

young musicians:

Santa Barbara Youth Symphony is a youth orchestra comprised of intermediate and advanced strings, woodwind, brass and percussion players, ages 12-18. ...more

The Philharmonia Orchestra engages string, wind, brass, and percussion students in performing as a full orchestra. Level: Intermediate ...more

The Camerata Ensemble is comprised of string and wind players who are early in their musical training. Level: Beginner. ...more

Elementary School Programming encompasses a variety of free music instruction programs in the Goleta, Hope and Santa Barbara school districts. ...more

schools & teachers:

The Music Van program is aimed towards introducing classical music to 3rd graders, allowing them to see, hear, touch and play the instruments. ...more

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. ...more

Every concert season, several guest artists perform with the Symphony. Musical Mentors connects these guest artists to the community, through a school, community group or nonprofit organization ...more