Mission and Vision

Mission and Vision

The bART Center for Music’s goals are to reach as many people in the community through an exceptional, affordable music education.


The mission of The bART Center for Music is to promote access and excellence in music education. However, The bART provides music education like no other arts organization in the Tulsa community. We strive to provide high quality exposure to musical instruments, the exquisite craft of playing, and a broad view of music’s essential value in the world–to train a child’s mind to process information, organize thoughts, and think critically about the knowledge he or she acquires in life, and experience the satisfaction and joy that comes from playing and listening to music.


The bART Center for Music vision is to awaken the musician residing within each of us regardless of age, musical ability, ethnic origin, disability, or inability to pay. We strive to serve a multi-age audience of diversity and transformation while conveying the beauty, expression, and joy of music.

Core Value

Exposure to music is a critical part of a complete education. Music 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 bART Center for Music goals are to reach as many people in the community through an exceptional education in music. Our goals take a number of avenues to provide music education as broadly as possible. The bART Center for Music with two in-house divisions, the Music School and the Barthelmes Conservatory, and the Outreach Instrument Programs in Tulsa Area Schools serve more than 350 students weekly.

  • The bART Center strives to provide superior music education to enhance quality of lives and to promote aesthetic, musical, emotional and creative potentials regardless of ability and age. The Music School division is non-selective, flexible to scheduling, and designed for community members of all ages who desire to pursue music education for personal enrichment and cognitive development.
  • The Barthelmes Conservatory aims to promote artistic and academic excellence and to prepare musicians of the highest quality. It serves students who display the potential to pursue music as a professional career. Its programs are structured and intensive–modeled after the Russian Music Conservatory method, which focuses on hand technique, musical expression and the development of musicality, performance skills, and a deep understanding of music theory and history. Students at the Conservatory receive scholarships. Toward the end of each two-semester academic year, students and faculty participate in closed concert assessments and evaluation and public Open Concerts.
  • The Outreach Programs in the Tulsa Public Schools put the bART in direct contact with students, teachers, parents, administrators and their respective communities in several public schools: Bovers, Remington, McKinley, Academy Central, Robertson, and Clinton. The bART provides violin, viola, cello, guitar, and world percussion instruction to hundreds of school children from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Through these programs, the bART maintains strong personal contact with Tulsa Public Schools. The bART partners with schools which fall into the 91-99 percentile for free-and-reduced lunch programs (an indicator of economic disadvantage). The programs have been revised over time and continue to refine the essential elements necessary to promote true and sustainable transformation of music educational practices. These choices translate to quality of life and cognitive improvement for children and families who may be underserved.
  • Education data on more that 25,000 secondary students reveals that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.”

    – Source: Catterall, James S., Richard Chapleau, and John Iwanaga. “Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: General Involvement and Intensive Involvement in Music and Theatre Arts,” 1999 Retrieved December 13, 2011 from the NAMM Foundation Web site. [/quote]