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New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

Our Educational Programs

Our educational programs serve over 25,000 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.

Learning In Concert

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert children loving classical music

The Learning in Concert 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 share the same concept. Learn more about the LIC program and listen to student compositions.

Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestras

New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestras

The Youth Orchestras program comprises five ensembles and a chamber music program for students of all ages, from beginners through advanced players. Learn more about SMYO!

Our Educational Mission

While the image of a symphony concert hall in a major city may evoke an elitist image in the minds of some, the reality is that classical music is a universal form of creative expression that is especially appealing to young children of all ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Any child can love music.

The NBSO’s music education programs benefit all children and have an especially strong presence in New Bedford and Fall River, as well as in other communities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts including Dartmouth, Westport, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion, Acushnet, Wareham, Rochester, Bourne, Carver, West Bridgewater, Lakeville, Mansfield and Holbrook, as well as in the Rhode Island towns of Tiverton and Little Compton.

The NBSO’s music education programs ensure that all students know that classical music exists, that it is fun, and that it can be a part of their lives. This opens the way for children to experience the joy of creative expressions, as well as the extensively documented benefits music programs have on children’s personal development and academic achievement.

Education Sponsors:

Elsie Fraga

Parsons Family Education Fund

St. Aidan's Chapel

June Strunk