The B Sharp Youth Music Program, based in the heart of Como, is a free music education program based in Fort Worth. Inspired by El Sistema, B Sharp is 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 intensive music instruction and life skills training available to students in the 2nd-5th grades. In 2013, B Sharp was named a FWISD Gold Seal Program of Choice (POC) at the Leadership Academy at Como Elementary. Currently in the B Sharp POC, there are classes available in Kindergarten-5th grade where students receive instruction based on a music-infused academic curriculum and additional music and life skills training during the school day. In 2014, the B Sharp Youth Orchestra, an audition-based ensemble available to any FWISD middle school or high school band or orchestra student, was added. The BSYO is comprised of 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: safety, respect, responsibility, and kindness.