El Sistema Oklahoma is an after-school program serving more than 200 underserved public school children in the heart of Oklahoma City. The mission of El Sistema Oklahoma is to assist the community by engaging children within an ensemble-based music program so they can share the joy of music-making and grow as responsible citizens. Students receive top-notch instruction from music teachers five days a week during the school year. The program is provided free of charge to families, including instruments, transportation, instruction, social support, academic support and healthy snacks. Children do not need any prior musical experience and are not required to audition to be a part of the program. Almost 300 hours of music instruction and 140 hours of academic support will be provided for students this year alone.
El Sistema Oklahoma is always accepting enrollment inquiries, but priority enrollment is given to beginning children with a school faculty’s recommendation from service sites at the Oklahoma City Public School District elementary schools: Cleveland, Kaiser, Hawthorne, Buchanan and Taft. Children should meet the following criteria to participate: must be in grades 3-5 for the current or upcoming school year, need an opportunity to engage in something positive that will result in motivation and recognition and may benefit from a sense of focus, discipline and joy.