Class Act strives to enhance existing school music programs by providing additional musical experience through the Symphony. Focusing on five main "contact points" with schools, the program works to increase awareness of, and involvement with, symphonic music for elementary school students, their families and educators.
Each year, students form a relationship with a new Symphony musician who serves as a "Class Act teaching artist," through activities including classroom lessons, ensemble performances, assemblies, and either a Youth Concert at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for older students, or an Interactive Performance on-site for younger students. All activities feature the music of the Class Act Composer of the Year.
Teacher Workshops, given on-site at partner schools, foster high quality classroom instruction and offer curricular materials designed to enhance the objectives of the program. Dedicated volunteers from each school form the backbone of the program, and allow for a true partnership experience.
Class Act celebrates its eighteenth birthday this year, with the music of Vivaldi. Class Act is sponsored by Fieldsted Foundation and has been selected as one of the nine most exemplary music education programs in the United States by the League of American Orchestras and the National Endowment for the Arts.