Outreach Programs

An opportunity to provide instruments and group lessons to children in the Tulsa area whose schools cannot provide music training.

The BART Center for Music strongly believes that music, in particular, and all other art disciplines provide children with different and alternative ways to develop skills, process information, and express and organize their own knowledge. The results of recent, groundbreaking research identify music education as that which equips students with the foundational abilities to learn, to achieve in other core academic subjects, and to develop the capacities, skills, and knowledge essential for lifelong success. Immediate intrinsic benefits of engaging in a school-based music program are aesthetic pleasure and captivation, which motivates students to seek more such experiences, and the social bonds created among students when they share their arts experiences through reflection and discourse. “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius



The BART Outreach Programs puts us in direct contact with area public and private schools’ students, teachers, parents, and administrators. The BART provides violin, viola, cello, guitar, and world percussion instruction to hundreds of school children from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds at no cost to the parents and their children. Many of these children have later auditioned for entrance into the prestigious Barthelmes Conservatory and won acceptance and full scholarships. Through the Outreach Program, the BART maintains strong personal contact with the Tulsa community and its schools, most of which fall into the 91-99 % for free-and-reduced lunch programs (a concerning indicator of economic disadvantage). The Outreach is dynamic, and, over time, has refined the essential elements necessary to promote true and sustainable transformation for access to and excellence in music education.

See © Art Education Partnership, Music Matters: How Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve, and Succeed, Washington, D.C., September 2011, for more information.

  • A Student making music experiences "simultaneous engagement of senses, muscles, and intellect. Brain scans taken during musical performances show that virtually the entire cerebral cortex is active while musicians are playing."

    – Source: Educational Leadership, November 1998 Retrieved August 16, 2011 from the Americans for the Arts Web site