The B Sharp Youth Music Program, based in the heart of Como, is a free music education program based at Como Elementary showcasing the Fort Worth Independent School District’s only elementary orchestra. It is the only El Sistema-inspired music program in North Texas meaning that it fosters positive youth development through ensemble based music instruction. El Sistema-inspired programs are unique to the community and culture of its participants and are a vehicle for social change and betterment through the teaching of music.
The Goff Family Foundation started B Sharp in August 2010 at Como Elementary creating a unique partnership with FWISD. B Sharp provides participating students with intensive after school music instruction, life skills training, and academic tutoring available to 2nd-5th graders. In 2013, B Sharp was named a FWISD Gold Seal Program of Choice (POC) at Como Elementary. Currently, there are classes available in 1st-4th grade designated as B Sharp classes that will receive a music-infused academic curriculum instruction and additional music and life skills instruction during the school day. In 2014, the B Sharp Youth Orchestra, an audition based ensemble open to any FWISD MS/HS students, was added. The BSYO is comprised of the BSYO Philharmonic Orchestra (intermediate orchestra) and the BSYO Symphony Orchestra (advanced orchestra).
Each student in B Sharp benefits from a rich music curriculum that creates a caring, cooperative, and fun community. Students in the program also benefit from B Sharp Youth Music Program’s academic support, creative outlets, parent engagement, and social/emotional focus. The instruments and the program are free to all participating students. B Sharp Youth Music embodies these core values: respect, responsibility, positive communication, and support.