Reaching out to the Community through music education.

New Smyrna Beach Elementary Music (NSBEM) is a fully licensed and insured after-school music education program for fourth and fifth graders with an interest in Band who want to learn and play music. Our focus is to provide quality music education through instrument specific instruction, community involvement, and needs-based scholarships.

Instrument specific instruction has been a well utilized system for teaching music. We witness it in the US at the Collegiate level, but by this time it can be too late for students to be helped properly. In other places around the world however, this type of applied instruction starts at the primary level. The current US music education model utilizes only one instructor for a mixed group of instruments in beginning band. We plan on using the model from Europe and Asia with group masterclasses per instrument, and in turn this curriculum will allow students to grow more rapidly as young musicians.

To help our community grow musically in New Smyrna and Edgewater we will invite the top musicians from the high school to earn community service hours by instructing the small masterclass sessions with professional over sight from our instructors. This will allow the High School Band students to delve a little deeper into better understanding their instruments. Teaching offers these students a unique opportunity of learning mental data recording and muscle memory actions involved in music. NSBEM students will have the opportunity to perform in combined concerts with New Smyrna Beach Highschool and Middle school students.

NSBEM will be giving a limited number of scholarships to students that face economic challenges. Students who receive scholarships will be expected to attend all rehearsals, keep a daily practice log and maintain good grades in school. Scholarships will be assessed on a case by case basis and will cover the monthly cost of instruction and concert uniform.

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Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form.       – Plato