Music & You
Across America, school children have limited access to the arts in school. The Palm Beach Pops contend that all children deserve the chance to benefit from meaningful arts experiences, despite school budget cuts. The Pops is devoted to serving the children in our community by presenting quality music education programs.
The Palm Beach Pops created the “Music & You” In-School Education Program to expose students to new learning experiences and positive role models while developing creativity, providing tools for communication and enabling students to build a strong sense of self. Since the program’s inception in 1998, over 90,000 South Florida students have participated with 100% of its funding raised by The Palm Beach Pops at no cost to the student, parents, teachers or schools.
The four-week program is developed for 2nd through 5th grade students, incorporating hands-on experience with musical instruments, workbooks, and professional musicians. The program is benchmarked to Common Core Standards, and correlates music with social studies, literature, character education, science and math to enhance major academic disciplines. Each in-school ensemble features musicians from The Palm Beach Pops and interactive lessons presented in an engaging, lively style that encourages the young audience to get involved. Teachers are provided a curriculum guide to prepare students for weekly sessions, explaining how music, melodies, rhythm and harmony work, as well as composer biographies and some simple classroom exercises.
The culmination of the series is a free field trip for a live concert featuring the Pops’ orchestra. Students from each school are invited to participate on stage.
The Palm Beach Pops bears the entire cost of these programs. We continue to seek funds for the program and are grateful to those donors who help us make this a reality for our community and our children. To make a donation, please contact us at 561.832.7677.
For further information about scheduling a “Music & You” In-School Youth Education Program at your school or facility, please contact us 561.832.7677.
Florida Stars is a unique program that mentors gifted South Florida youth between the ages of 6-18 who show exceptional musical promise. Florida Stars accepts submissions year round, with candidates traditionally selected June through August each year. Each season, The Palm Beach Pops searches for and auditions talented local students. This program ensures a continuous, growing pool of talented performers from the local area.