The following video provides an overview of the impact SYSO outreach programs have, specifically in the Southwest Seattle Strings Project.
Endangered Instruments Program
The Endangered Instruments Program (EIP) was founded in 1990 as an in school program encouraging music students to learn less commonly played instruments. EIP has evolved into SYSO in the Schools, a comprehensive program that reinforces public school music education programs. SYSO in the Schools currently works with 17 public schools and more than 270 students. Programs modeled after SYSO in the Schools have been started in New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Vancouver BC and Australia.
EIP provides school music departments with weekly free group
instrumental lessons for students in the early stages of learning on the
The program supports school instrumental music teachers by
providing highly trained teaching specialists on less-commonly played
instruments, thus increasing the size, diversity and quality of school
band and orchestra programs.
Lessons occur during school, generally as a component of
regularly scheduled school band and orchestra rehearsals. Students
work with EIP coaches on beginning instrumental technique and
school band/orchestra material. Endangered Instrument Program students
are invited to join SYSO orchestras from time-to-time in special EIP
side-by-side rehearsal “open houses” held periodically throughout the
year. Coaches assist students and school music teachers with securing
instrumental methods and locating, selecting and maintaining musical
Endangered Instrument Programs have been successfully implemented
in the following schools and districts:
• Canyon Park Junior High School (Northshore)
• College Place Middle School (Edmonds)
• Denny International Middle School (Seattle)
• Eckstein Middle School (Seattle)
• Einstein Middle School (Shoreline)
• Hamilton International Middle School (Seattle)
• Islander Middle School (Mercer Island)
• Jaunita Elementary School (Lake Washington)
• Jaunita High School (Lake Washington)
• Kamiakin Junior High School (Lake Washington)
• Kellogg Middle School (Shoreline)
• McClure Middle School (Seattle)
• Odle Middle School (Bellevue)
• Skyview Junior High School (Northshore)
• Washington Middle School (Seattle)
• Whitman Middle School (Seattle)
The Southwest Seattle Strings Project
The Seattle Youth Symphony's SYSO in the Schools program provides selected school instrumental music departments with weekly free group instrumental lessons for students in the early stages of learning on the following instruments:
• String bass
The program supports school instrumental music teachers by providing highly trained teaching specialists that work directly under the supervision of classroom teachers to increase the size, diversity and quality of school orchestra programs.
Lessons occur during and after school, as a component of regularly scheduled school Elementary Instrumental Music (EIM) instructional time. Students work with SITS coaches on beginning instrumental technique, school orchestra material, and selected music for SITS year-end "graduation" concerts. Coaches assist students and school music teachers with securing instrumental methods and locating, selecting and maintaining musical instruments.
The Southwest Seattle Strings Project is currently operating in the following Southwest Seattle Schools
• Arbor Heights Elementary School
• Concord International Elementary School
• Denny International Middle School
• Highland Park Elementary School
• Roxhill Elementary School
• Sanislo Elementary School
• West Seattle Elementary School
Coaches for all programs are drawn from the most highly
qualified professional musicians in the Seattle region. Many perform with
the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
In addition to demonstrated instrumental mastery and musicianship,
coaches are selected for their experience and dedication to teaching, and
their commitment to educational excellence.
The SYSO in the Schools (SITS) programs are administered by the Seattle
Youth Symphony Orchestras, the largest youth orchestra program in
America. The organization supports four full symphony orchestras, the
Marrowstone Music Festival, Marrowstone in the City and a variety of
partnership programs with public school music departments. The Seattle
Youth Symphony provides the organizational structure for SITS, handling all aspects related to scheduling, payroll,
teacher selection and training, and program fulfillment.
The SYSO/EIM partnership in The Southwest Seattle Strings Project was developed in coordination with the SPS Visual & Performing Arts department staff to align with district goals for enhancing EIM instruction in specific elementary schools.
Educational services provided by the SYSO in the Schools programs are funded by the Seattle Youth Symphony through generous contributions from individuals, foundations, schools and government agencies. Funders include The Clowes Fund, Inc., Washington Women's Foundation, ArtsWA, National Endowment for the Arts, RealNetworks Foundation, the Maurer Family Foundation, Nordstrom, Fales Foundation and D'Addario.
For more information about SYSO in the Schools please contact:
Director of Education, Communication and Partnerships Kathleen@syso.org