The B Sharp Youth Music Program, based in the heart of Como, is a free music education program based in Fort Worth. It is the only El Sistema-inspired music program in North Texas. 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 After School in August 2010 as an after-school opportunity that provides participating 2nd-5th graders with intensive music instruction and life skills training available to 2nd-5th graders. In 2013, B Sharp was named a FWISD Gold Seal Program of Choice (POC) at Como Elementary (now known as the Leadership Academy at Como Elementary). Currently in the B Sharp POC, there are classes available in Kindergarten-5th grade where students 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 band or orchestra students, was added. The BSYO is comprised of the multiple levels of ensembles that rehearse together twice per week during the school year.
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.