SF Symphony keeping music in schools

June 6, 2008 5:46:26 PM PDT
We often see music programs in schools cut or reduced drastically. But thanks to the San Francisco Symphony, every elementary school student in San Francisco is getting music education in a unique program called Adventures in Music.

Drei Brass is one of the ensembles in the San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music program. It's enlightening education without intimidation.

"Because music is part of everyday life, it should be studied as part of everyday life," says Ron Gallman, director of Education for the San Francisco Symphony.

So the symphony makes sure all 22,000 first through fifth-grade students in San Francisco get to learn about music. And it's not just music, it's science and it can be applied to many subjects.

They study in the classroom before seeing any performance. A workbook teaches them about instruments, terms and things like, how we hear music.

"A lot of them come in here with the knowledge. It's like going to the museum and already seeing the pieces," says school principal Will Lucey.

"We think this is a very important exposure for them to see just what music can be and do for them," says Zachariah Spellman a tuba player in Drei Brass.

"It's amazing how this program has taken kids who normally wouldn't have an instrument take an instrument," says Lucey.

More than 140 kids are now in the school's music program. Parents have encouraged the school to expand the arts.

"This musical is a work of art I think," says second-grader Dante Jonnassen.

Thanks to grants, the schools get this free from the symphony.

The program is now in its 20th year.


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