The ASO's youth education outreach strives to ensure that all children have the opportunity to make music part of their lives. Hands-on, in-class exposure to musical instruments, on-going access to professional musicians and in-theatre concert experiences enhance and enrich schools' existing music curricula.

SCHOOL EDUCATION CONCERTS

Annually, the ASO performs education concerts for more than 3,200 second graders from Anne Arundel County elementary schools. Taking place during the school day, these educational performances expose students of varying socioeconomic backgrounds to symphonic music in the theater setting. Teacher education guides and musical recordings are provided in advance to help teachers prepare students for the concert experience. Specific goals of this concert experience are: to introduce second grade students to live music performed by a professional symphony orchestra; to teach students about the four instrument families; to engage young listeners with multi-media elements, such as theater, dance, magic, or puppetry; and to reinforce that music is fun and beautiful.

Musicians in the Classroom

ASO offers a variety of unique and rewarding programs in which our professional musicians visit local schools to engage students in fun, hands-on musical experiences.

MUSIC VAN

Throughout the month of May, ASO musicians representing the string, woodwind and brass families of the orchestra travel to Anne Arundel County schools to visit third grade classes for a hands-on introduction to the instruments of the Orchestra. Students are provided the opportunity to handle and play the instruments with direction from professionals. This up-close and personal exposure to instruments assists students in deciding which instrument they might want to play in their school's band or orchestra. The Music Van program has contributed to a significant increase in the number of students choosing to participate in instrumental music at participating schools.

Support for the Music Van provided by:
The Helena Foundation
Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

ADOPT-A-SCHOOL

Teams of ASO musicians regularly visit Anne Arundel County schools to assist music teachers by providing individual coaching and instruction to instrumental music students. This opportunity to work directly with professional symphony musicians is eagerly anticipated by students and teachers alike. The Adopt-a-School program culminates in a year-end concert featuring the students and ASO musicians playing side-by-side conducted by the ASO's Music Director. Local school orchestras have greatly improved through their Adopt-a-School participation, demonstrated by higher scores at school orchestra competitions.

Adopted Schools Include:
Annapolis Elementary School
Annapolis Middle School
Annapolis High School
Bates Middle School

Support for the ASO’s Education and Community Programs is generated from donations from businesses and individuals as well as a variety of grants for which the ASO applies annually. Such support is vital for the continuation, and potentially the growth, of these programs. For information on how you can support the ASO’s Education and Community Programs, click here or contact the ASO at 410-269-1132.