We all have memories of music from childhood – a favorite song, the first concert we ever attended, or the first time we met a musician and saw an instrument being played up close.
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (NBSO) wants to make sure that children today will have those same memories. All told, the NBSO brings classical music into the lives of nearly 30,000 children every year through seven educational programs. Here are four of their most popular programs which are available to children in all South Coast communities.
Symphony Tales is designed for young children ages 4 through 7. In this program, children attend a reading of a popular children's book while being accompanied by a live, musical performance by an NBSO musician. The Symphony Tales program is designed to reinforce the fundamental literacy skills that children need in order to become strong readers.
The Debut Orchestra is an elementary ensemble open to players of all orchestral instruments with established basic playing skills. The focus of this group is the development of ensemble performance skills, as well as preparation for performance at the end of each semester.
The Poco Strings is a beginning string ensemble open to students interested in learning to play a stringed instrument. Students in this ensemble will develop basic playing skills on their instruments during Suzuki-style group classes. The group offers its members an early ensemble experience, leading to multiple performances during the year.
If you would like to learn more about these programs, or how to have your local school or library participate, please contact the NBSO at email@example.com or 508-999-6276.