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It's Elementary

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. 

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 approximately five minutes in length can be played over a school's PA system or provided to teachers individually to use in their daily classroom activities.

In-School Performances

Each participating school receives four 35- 45-minute "Meet Our Families" assembly performances, which 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 the student, with an adult, to all seven of the season's 2 pm, 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 at (707) 546-7097 x 225. 

We gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions from the following:

California Arts Council
Ernest L &. Ruth W. Finley Foundation
Rotary Club of Santa Rosa East

Contact Us

Santa Rosa Symphony
Administrative Office:
50 Santa Rosa Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Administration: (707) 546-7097

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