Spreading the Joy of Music
The Guild’s Education Committee offers several programs that enhance music education in local schools. Promoting music education is an integral component of The Guild’s service to community programs such as: our Instrument Zoo programs, the Musical Safari Teaching Booklets that accompany the Instrument Zoo programs, scholarships for student members of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Harmony and Melody Grants to teachers. Explore Jacksonville Symphony Guild programs below.
Volunteers take an assortment of orchestral instruments to local schools and Family Concerts. This provides children a fun, hands-on experience while setting possible pathways for future musicians. Following explanations by Volunteers, children have the opportunity to see, touch, hear, and play the instruments. Volunteers need no musical training – just the passion and commitment to enrich a child’s education through music.
Teachers in Northeast Florida are encouraged to apply for Harmony Grants of up to $500 to supplement their music programs. The majority of the funding comes from the Guild’s Music for the Eyes Painted Violin Project in which violins are painted by local artists and a drawing awards a winner. Download a Harmony Grant Application
These are special-needs grants and are awarded by the Committee. All funding comes from donations.
JSYO Young Artist Competition
Annually the Guild awards the winners with scholarships to further their music education. A competition takes place each spring and winners perform with the Jacksonville Symphony.
Eleanor H. King Memorial Tuition Fund
This fund provides support for children that meet the criteria to receive tuition relief and is open to all members of the JSYO needing assistance. Once students receive assignment to the JSYO, awarding of grant funds will be based on criteria outlined in the application.