“It’s a very effective method. Orchestra is a metaphor for life. Everyone contributes to the outcome, love and respect for the art form, and ability to work well with others. I’m a total convert. I wish every child had access to the El Sistema program."
Teacher and Bay Area Music Project Parent
BAMP is based at Maya Lin School and is open to all Kindergarten through 5th grade students. A student-centric focus on music education and social development is at the heart of BAMP's program philosophy. Every day after school students receive a nutritious snack, academic assistance and high quality daily music training at the beginning to intermediate levels in the following:
SoundLab (electronic music composition and production)
These classes are organized by ability-based learning groups. Additionally, BAMP offers "electives" to students beginning at 2nd grade that includes the following:
Theater Arts (improv and collaborative script writing classes)
Students in 1st grade participate in the following:
Yoga (an essential element of our social development curriculum)
All instruments are provided by BAMP.
All students enrolled in BAMP perform up to 3 program-wide recitals a year. Advanced level ensembles can expect 4 to 6 community-based concerts at different events around Alameda and the San Francisco Bay Area. Additionally BAMP musicians have opportunities throughout the year to participate in field trips, assemblies, guest artist performances and guest artist workshops. BAMP has welcomed diverse musical guest artists such as Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Videri String Quartet, Oakland Symphony Musical Director Michael Morgan, Oakland Symphony Cellist Beth Vandervennet and Shades of Yale a cappella group to name a few.