Nearly ALL San Antonio Symphony musicians mentor music students. Many maintain private studios and work with students one-on-one. Others volunteer in band and orchestra classrooms, while still others coach students at All-State Clinics. Many work with students and play side by side with students through the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio. This is in addition to the four Young Peoples Concert we perform every school year and numerous small performances around the city, opening eyes to the beauty of classical music. We believe we are playing an active role in shaping the future leaders of our city.

Did you know?
Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week through at least one full year are:

4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

Young artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:
Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
Perform community service more than four times as often

-"Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations," Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the Arts Monograph, November 1998

The facts are that arts education...
...makes a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has been proven to help level the "learning field" across socio-economic boundaries

-"Involvement in the Arts and Success in Secondary School," James S. Catterall, The UCLA Imagination Project, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA, Americans for the Arts Monograph, January 1998

...has a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy problems while also increasing overall academic performance among those youth engaged in afterschool and summer arts programs targeted toward delinquency prevention

-YouthARTS Development Project, 1996, U.S. Department of Justice, National Endowment for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts

Businesses understand that arts education...
...builds a school climate of high expectation, discipline, and academic rigor that attracts businesses relocating to your community

...strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success

...helps students develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond

...can help troubled youth, providing an alternative to destructive behavior and another way for students to approach learning

...provides another opportunity for parental, community, and business involvement with schools, including arts and humanities organizations

...helps all students develop more appreciation and understanding of the world around them

...helps students develop a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done

-"Arts at the Core of Learning 1999 Initiative," Business Circle for Arts Education in Oklahoma