Social Development Through Music Education

Inspired by a program developed in Venezuela in the mid 1970s, The Big Sound creates opportunities for children and youth who, for various reasons, are often excluded from extra-curricular musical activities, such as playing in an ensemble or orchestra.

Participants will be taught to sing and play an orchestral instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass, tuba, etc.) in an ensemble that meets three days per week throughout the school year.  In addition, students will develop important life skills like problem solving, empathy, and self-advocacy.

Qualified teachers, mentors and coaches who will create a safe, fun, and caring environment for children and youth, will lead classes.  Nutritious snacks will also be a part of the program.  The Big Sound will be offered at no cost to children and youth or their families.