SLO Symphony and Music Motive Bringing the Arts Back to Schools


           The Bucketeers!

Both Music Motive and SLO Symphony have been leading the charge of bringing music back to schools. Currently, Music Motive offers over twenty Music Enrichment Classes across SLO County elementary schools, ranging from guitar, glee (singing class), ukulele, to even the Bucketeers!

SLO Symphony offers great programs as well: Strings in the Schools, the Music Van, the SLO Youth Symphony. There is no doubt the Symphony holds a strong dedication of keeping music education alive in the community.


   SLO Symphony Music Van

This last week, I had the pleasure of volunteering for the SLO Symphony’s Music Van presentation at Shell Beach Elementary School. It was a great time as I served alongside one of the symphony’s best, Margaret “Peggy” Whitson, to bring a wide array of orchestral instruments into the school for the children to see, hear, and play.

From the SLO Symphony website, here is an official description of the Music Van presentation:

Our Music Van presenters prepare an entertaining and educational demonstration about the instruments of the orchestra, how sound works and the relationship between the size and shape of the musical instrument and the sound it makes. Following the brief presentation, the hands-on fun really begins when we give students a chance to try ALL the instruments in the van!

Every child should try music at least once and it was great to see these kids all take up an instrument and give it their best. We applaud the Symphony for prioritizing these programs and getting instruments in the hands of children. It’s not without time, strength, and energy that these great presentations are given.

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of the Music Van presentations, or would like to help in some way, check out

And just in case you were curious:


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