OrchKids at New Song Academy

Neighborhood: West Baltimore, Sandtown Winchester
Children Enrolled: 67 In School/30 After School
Grades served: Pre-K through 4th grade
Established: January 2010
Site Coordinator: Blair Skinner

OK Newsong 900X538

Over these past 4 years, the OrchKids program has immensely expanded its presence here at the New Song Academy. Our hardworking, dedicated students who attend after-school take a bus over to Lockerman-Bundy four days a week where they participate in:

  • Bucket band
  • Choir
  • Instrumental Instruction

In addition to the after-school program, during the school day we offer musicianship classes to Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4, Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade in hopes that these students will continue on as our future afterschool OrchKids.  These Musicianship class provides a solid musical foundation for students by developing singing, rhythmic, and ear-training skills. 

Our students are performing on a regular basis with their group class or in orchestra. Through our intensive expectations of the musical instruction our students receive, we enjoy watching them grow with the program.  In addition to teaching musical skills, we work to develop:

  • Responsibility
  • Attendance
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Classroom skills 

Our mission is to create social change through music, teaching our young students how to learn from each other, encouraging them to take pride in their music making, and creating opportunities to support successful futures for our students. Throughout its existence, New Song students have collaborated with Creative Connections, The Janos Quartet,  Ars Futura, among others. We look forward to collaborating with The SONAR new music ensemble, The Chelsey Green Project and Classical Revolution later this year. 

OrchKids at New Song Academy
1530 Presstman Street
Baltimore, MD 21217