Our Educational Programs
Our educational programs serve over 8,000 children a year, and we are recognized nationally for our innovative approach and high impact. We all know of the documented benefits of children learning music, and we firmly believe that by introducing classical music to a new generation of students through our programs, we are helping them to make critical connections between music and their everyday lives, making their NBSO experience enriching on multiple levels.
With innovative and exciting musical programs like Music in the Morning, Learning in Concert, Symphony Tales, and the Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra continues to provide authentic and engaging musical experiences for the children in our local schools. We believe educating young people is a central part of our mission.
Education Director Terry Wolkowicz’s innovative and creative approach to designing music education curriculum has made the NBSO a leader in educational programming. Now in her ninth season with the NBSO, she continues to create innovative programming that connects classical music to our South Coast children’s lives and to encourage learning by exploring concepts that are authentically shared between classical…
Learning in concert
This program is designed as a unified, comprehensive, three-phase curriculum project spanning an entire school year. LIC uses a concept-based arts integration model where a musical concept is explored alongside other art and academic areas that authentically...
The Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestras (SEMAYO) program was established in 2008 under the auspices of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra for students from pre-school beginners to advanced college players.
Music in the morning
For five years, children begin every school day by listening to five minutes of classical music. The same passage is repeated for the whole week, but a different introductory narration is read each day that brings out a specific aspect of the music or provides some information about the composer.
The Symphony Tales program is a music and literacy educational program geared to children ages four through seven. In the Symphony Tales program, children attend a reading of a popular children’s book while being accompanied by a live musical performance by a New Bedford Symphony Orchestra musician.