The It's Elementary music immersion program is designed to support the partner schools in their efforts to integrate music into their curricula as encouraged by the CA state Common Core practices.
Each school year, three new schools are selected to participate for two years free of charge. A total of five schools participate annually (expanding to six in 2015-2016); three It's Elementary schools are in their first year and two are in their second year of the program. The designated campuses participate in on-site music education activities provided by the Santa Rosa Symphony. The designated campuses participate in on-site music education activities provided by the Santa Rosa Symphony.
It's Elementary sub-programs and activities include the following:
Elementary School Listening Program
Daily classical music listening kits are provided for classroom implementation. Musical selections of about 5 minutes in length can be played over a school's PA system or provided to teachers individually to use in their daily classroom activities.
Each participating school receives four 35-45 minute "Meet Our Families" assembly performances that introduce the orchestra's instruments by section. Offered are a String Quintet, a Woodwind Quintet, a Brass Quintet and a Percussion Trio consisting of SRS professional musicians.
SRS Youth Ensembles Tour the Schools
One of the SRS Youth Ensembles performs at each It's Elementary school at an assembly in May.
Youth Discovery Cards
Every student in participating schools will receive a free season pass admitting him/herself and an adult to all seven of the season's 2:00pm Saturday afternoon casual performances at the Green Music Center as well as all of the Youth Orchestra performances.
Free Concerts for Youth
SRS ensembles perform six concerts for young people annually at the Green Music Center's Weill Hall. We encourage schools participating in It's Elementary to attend these concerts if transportation is available.
Curriculum Support and Professional Development
Opportunities for integrating music into regular classroom activities are available to teachers in the form of lesson plans or after-school workshops. Please contact the education department for more information on upcoming workshops (707)546-7097 x225