Music in Public Schools

A girl raising her hand during an AIM program

SFS Partnering with Public Schools

The San Francisco Symphony is committed to serving every neighborhood and community throughout the City by providing access to music education for all San Francisco schoolchildren. The Symphony’s longstanding partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District provides educational experiences and training to the City’s public school students throughout grades 1-12.

Elementary Schools—Adventures in Music (AIM)

Designed in partnership with the SFUSD, Adventures in Music (AIM) ensures that every child in grades 1–5 in every San Francisco public elementary school receives equitable access to music education for five consecutive years. Presented free of charge to schools, AIM incorporates in-school ensemble performances, tailored classroom materials and resources, professional development for teachers, and a private concert by the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall. All components of AIM are tied to mandated academic standards and integrate with core subject curriculum.

Middle and High Schools—Music and Mentors

An outgrowth of the impact of AIM and the resulting demand in music participation, the Symphony’s Music and Mentors program provides assistance to every instrumental music program in San Francisco’s public middle schools and high schools, grades 6–12. Music and Mentors provides coaching and mentoring by professional musicians, critical supplies and instrument repairs, and opportunities to attend Symphony open rehearsals and concerts at Davies Symphony Hall, all free of charge to students and schools.

Through the Music and Mentors program, together with Adventures in Music (AIM, which serves grades 1-5), the Symphony provides music education experiences to San Francisco’s public school students throughout their elementary and secondary years, grades 1–12.

Students work with a tuba instructor


Ron Gallman
Director, Education

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