Brass Instrumental Music in Elementary Schools
Fourth and fifth grade students at six Pasadena Unified schools heard live performances of classical and jazz music, learned about brass musical instruments, and got hands-on experience with trumpets, tubas, saxophones, and other instruments thanks to the Oakwood Brass Outreach Project (OBOP) In-School Instrument Introduction Concerts.
Oakwood Brass visited Willard Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Jackson STEM Dual Stem Language Academy, Madison Elementary, Longfellow Elementary, and San Rafael Elementary in August. Each visit featured a mini concert with music from classical, jazz and media music. OBOP used musical examples showing the history of brass instruments and classical music, such as connecting a Bach Fugue to the children’s round Row Row Row Your Boat. Students learned how each brass instrument works works mechanically and learned professional playing techniques.
The concerts are part of PUSD’s vibrant music education programs. Instrumental music instruction begins in third grade for PUSD students, with whole-class instruction in violin, and band and orchestra options for fourth and fifth grade students. Through partnerships with music education organizations like the Pasadena Conservatory and Education Through Music-Los Angeles, elementary general music is offered to grades K-5 at select elementary schools. After school orchestras are thriving at Field Elementary and Jackson STEM through Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, and at Longfellow through The Harmony Project.
Chorus, band, and orchestra are offered at PUSD middle and high schools, giving students many opportunities to refine their artistic craft and form. Annual festivals of choral, band, and orchestral music showcase the talents of student musicians from across the district, in grades 4-12.