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Mission & History

Our Mission

In Tune With Education: Classics 4 Kids has been focused on fulfilling our 501c3 nonprofit mission to provide custom, kid-friendly in-school classical music education programs and offsite professional symphony concert experiences as a catalyst for academic advancement, creativity, joy and personal growth.

Striking A Positive Chord: Classics 4 Kids is continuing to strike a positive chord with the diverse elementary students, teachers and families we serve throughout San Diego County with our unique and effective three-pronged approach to student and family learning and growth, through the transformational power of music.

Our HistoryIMG_0064

Founded in 1994, Classics 4 Kids is an educational performing arts organization dedicated to improving academic performance by providing informative and entertaining educational programs that reach out and inspire children to appreciate great orchestral music.  Classics 4 Kids began as the result of a single spontaneous effort to give sixth-graders the opportunity to hear a professional piano recital. That single concert for 600 students became three concerts for 2,000 students the following year.

Since then, Classics 4 Kids has grown through strong artistic and educational leadership and will serve approximately 20,000 children this school year.

Unlike most orchestras who present youth concerts, Classics 4 Kids devotes all of its energies to educating children, families, and teachers about classical music through professional orchestra concerts and programs. Classics 4 Kid’s comfortable and inviting educational concerts are developed to inspire creativity in San Diego’s children and focus on musical values, as opposed to entertainment or superficial relevance, and to propel children’s deep interest in the music of the great classical composers. We are sharing our passion for the music of the great composers with our young audiences in an effort to enrich them as human beings.

In an effort to reach out to all children, regardless of their financial resources!

The arts open the minds and hearts of our young people, and empower them to imagine their own potential. Advanced research shows that studying music helps students in areas like math and science, both of which are critical skills especially for San Diego’s work force. Beyond enriching lives, the arts are also critical to education and helping children learn more effectively. The arts contribute to emotional and physical development and must be within a child’s reach.

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