The value of orchestras’ music-education programs

Posted on: February 5, 2009

In Wednesday’s (2/4) San Luis Obispo Tribune (California), San Luis Obispo Symphony Music Education Director Andrea Stoner comments on the state of music education. “It’s not surprising that interest is waning in the upper grades, when there is no longer a musical ‘farm team’ in the primary grades to ‘feed the majors.’ But it’s not just about filling the stage with young performers; it’s about how arts education and experience inspires learning, enhances our lives and creates better people. At the San Luis Obispo Symphony we are proud to offer music education programs for grades K-12 serving 16,000 students annually through programs like the Music Van, Strings in the Schools, Everyday Etudes and our annual Children’s Concert. While these programs provide an opportunity for children to experience and perform live, classical music, they are not capable of replacing a standards-based K-12 music education, mandated by the state of California. … We look forward to pairing our programs with a solid foundation of music education set by our schools to one day give all students the opportunities they deserve.”