The program currently runs from September through the beginning of June after school from 3:30 p.m.—6:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and during the school day from 10:20 a.m.—2:50 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as occasional Saturday enrichment activities. During the 2009-2010 school year, OrchKids has expanded from 30 students to 150 by adding Pre-K and Kindergarten classes and will continue to expand in this fashion within the school each consecutive year.
Over the course of a school year, students will meet two to six times per week during and after school. Below is a sample curriculum for the current OrchKids location.
Year Round Learning: A four-week summer program is planned for 2010 and will coincide with the Baltimore City Public School System summer school schedule. This program will be for Kindergarten through fifth grade and will include study in musicianship, group lessons, emotional management, physical education and off-site enrichment activities.
In addition, throughout the year students will take part in activities other than musical instruction that will help to develop the whole person. These activities will include family activities, field trips to local, cultural and civic organizations, as well as leadership and personal development training. Such activities will include frequenting the BSO, Peabody, The Lyric Opera House, Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore landmarks, higher education institutions, sporting events and meetings with civil servants and government officials.
At several points in the year, students, families, faculty and advisors will participate in activities to evaluate the impact of the program to ensure that the goals we have established for the programs are appropriate and are being met.
Deepest Appreciation for Extraordinary Sustaining Gifts
Robert E. Meyerhoff & Rheda Becker
BSO Music Director and OrchKids Founder
Early Education Sponsor
Official Instrument Partner
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its uncompromising pursuit of artistic excellence, the Baltimore Symphony has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout the Maryland community.
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