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A community of musicianship, scholarship and citizenship at KPS Woods Lake Elementary.

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Kalamazoo Kids in Tune Mission:

Children will achieve their full potential through sustained, intense engagement in orchestral music.

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Kalamazoo Kids in Tune is a partnership of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo, and Kalamazoo Public Schools. The program infuses a CIS after-school program (known as a 21st Century Community Learning Center) with an "orchestra-immersion" curriculum developed by the KSO and based on the ideals of El Sistema, the groundbreaking Venezuelan youth orchestra model.

Students attend Monday-Thursday from 3:45-6:15. Activities include orchestra, group lessons, sectionals, guided practice, and regular performance opportunities. Program time includes a meal and supported homework time.
The program was launched in fall of 2011 at KPS Woods Lake Elementary: A Magnet Center for the Arts with 35 participants in 1st and 2nd grade, studying string instruments. In the following two years, the program expanded to serve 85 students in 1st-5th grade, learning strings, winds, brass and percussion.

Our staff and volunteers include:

  • KSO Artists in Residence
  • Professional private instructors
  • Music and music therapy students from Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College
  • A growing group of high school volunteers, including five member of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra

Contributors to Kalamazoo Kids in Tune include:

  • Kalamazoo Community Foundation
  • Irving S. Gilmore Foundation
  • The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras for their generous support of this program.
  • The Gregg Jennings Foundation
  • Ronda E. Stryker and William D. Johnston Foundation
  • Western Michigan University Nonprofit Leadership Student Granting Program
  • First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo
  • Jack Hamilton Family Fund
  • Classics for Kids Foundation
  • Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
  • Generous individuals who wish to remain anonymous

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Liz Youker, KSO Education Director

Major funding provided by:        
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