School-Based Music Education Statement

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
School-Based Music Education Statement

The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is committed to supporting music education in our schools. As a signatory of the League of American Orchestra's "Statement of Common Cause: Orchestras Support InSchool Music Education" we recognize the value of school-based music education. As expressed in the Statement of Common Cause, “Research has proven that arts education uniquely provides academic and social benefits, preparing students for success in school, work, and life. The status of music education in our nation’s schools has short- and long-term consequences for...student achievement”. PYO strives for partnerships with local school systems and music educators, and supports local, state, and national arts and academic standards.

  • PYO encourages and recommends participation in a school-based instrumental music program, where such a program exists, and PYO encourages its students to be peer leaders in their respective in-school music programs.
  • PYO activities and ensembles should be viewed as a supplement to, not a replacement for, school-based music education for students, where such programs exist.
  • PYO programs and ensembles should not be seen as an alternative for school-based music education. All members of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization are expected to understand tenets of this statement and support school-based music education.

Questions regarding this statement may be addressed to the PYO President & Music Director.

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization includes all large ensembles including the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra, Bravo Brass, Philadelphia Region Youth String Music and Tune Up Philly.