At the heart of the Santa Barbara Symphony’s mission lies our goal to be an indispensable partner to our community, providing enrichment through inspiring concerts, music education programs, and access for everyone.
Elementary School Programming is the beginning of the Music Education Center trajectory. The programs provide free weekly lessons and instruments to approximately 140 young musicians. The lessons occur in groups of 3-6 students and are divided into levels. This program gives musical training to many students that would not have otherwise considered taking up an instrument. The Music Education Center works with the school districts to guide and ensure that a need is met that cannot be filled by district funding. It is the goal of the Elementary School Programming that students will join the Santa Barbara Junior Orchestra and begin to move through the Music Education Center continuum.
The Music Education Center began working with the Santa Barbara Unified School District in 2016 in administering the BRAVO! after-school music program. This district-wide program provides free weekly afterschool music instruction to approximately 260 SBUSD students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades.
Education Programs Manager