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  A leader in music education, Oakland East Bay Symphony has developed a comprehensive instrumental music program that serves over 1,300 students at nineteen Oakland public schools. Oakland East Bay Symphony's programs serve a student population that is primarily African American, Asian and Latino, in some of the city's most economically challenged neighborhoods.
Music for Excellence (MUSE)

OEBS developed MUSE as a comprehensive instrumental music program that currently serves over 1,300 students in grades 3-12.

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"Without this support I might feel forced to limit the
size of some classes and turn students away."

~ Claudia McCarthy, Music Teacher Oakland USD
KQED Forum with Michael Krasny Keeping Music in Public Schools
with guest Michael Morgan

  Young People's Concerts

Annual offering of six special matinee performances on three
consecutive days which attract over 5,300 students.

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"They help us keep programs when
they're threatened."
~Phil Rydeen

Young Artist Competition

The competition is open to students studying music in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco Counties.

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  School Visits & Ensembles in the Schools

Beginning in the fall of 2010, Oakland East Bay Symphony is offering three different types of classroom visits in Oakland and East Bay Schools.

1. Music Director Michael Morgan presents "show and tell" programs
at elementary and middle schools. He is also available to come
work with high school ensembles.

2. Education Coordinator and Symphony Cellist, Beth Vandervennet,
offers The Elements of Music, an introduction for k-3 students to
the symphonic experience.

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Music Education Resource Guide

The guide is intended to serve as an overview and reference for local music resources. It will help you find a teacher, private lessons or summer music camps.

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