Music Education

Music Education

The San Luis Obispo Symphony is dedicated to providing a quality music educational experience to students in San Luis Obispo County. Music, like art, allows us to communicate our emotions and allows us to express ourselves in through creative means. Music, like sports, teaches discipline, focus, and team work. We are fortunate to have various outlets in reaching students through music. Click on the following links to find out more about each program.

The Music Van

You may have seen the Music Van travelling through the streets of San Luis Obispo County! This is our first step in introducing children to music. We have both a musical petting zoo, where the instruments are the animals, that attends most community events in SLO and an educational music presentation for students 3rd - 4th grade. Sign ups are required for reservations, so please click here for more information and reservations

Strings in the Schools

The next step in our education programs is Strings in the Schools. Students 3rd - 6th grade can learn how to play violin, viola, or cello at various schools in SLO County. This affordable program is designed to take place in one academic school year and teaches the fundamentals needed to succeed in the first year of Youth Symphony. Registration takes place at the beginning of the school year, so please click here to find out more.  

Youth Symphony

The final portion of the music education programs is Youth Symphony. Students learn the skills and art of performing in an ensemble. With five ensembles to choose from, there is a place for every student of any skill level (minimum requirement of one year in Strings in the Schools, school music program, and/or private instruction). In our efforts to train students to become musicians, auditions take place every year and are a requirement to participate in the program (except Super Bows!). Click here for more information

If you have any questions regarding the various music education programs, please email Abraham Perez, Music Education Director, at

The image below is of the 2017 Spooktacular concert at Grace Church SLO on Monday, October 30, 2017. Performers included students from Strings in the Schools and Youth Symphony.


A very special "thank you" goes out to these organizations for helping us make these programs possible:
Central Coast Funds for Children
The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County
Los Osos Rotary

Rita's Rainbows