Click on image above to see an Education Matters segment featuring the Accent on Access Program.

This short video, created by one of our wonderful Accent on Access instructors, offers a quick overview of our program, which is heavily inspired by Venezuela's exceptionally successful El Sistema music training programs

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Accent on Access, our free after-school violin program, has been running in Fresno since 2011. Many Accent on Access students are now also members of our youth orchestras, and a large number have also participated in our intensive FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy. One of our participants had the honor of participating in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Take a Stand Festival at the Aspen Music Festival, June 24-29. 

We are grateful to the Fresno County Office of Education, the Bonner Family Foundation, the Fresno Regional Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the East Fresno Kiwanis Club for their continuing support of this program. We are extremely grateful also to Edison Bethune Charter Academy and Madison Elementary School for welcoming our programs.

The Take a Stand Festival at the Aspen Music Festival, June 2016. Guillermo Najera, from Fresno's Accent on Access Program, is sitting assistant concertmaster.

47KIDS segment from KSEE24. Thank you, Megan Rupe!




Concentration!

 

CLICK THIS LINK to hear a rehearsal moment during a class in October 2013.

CLICK THIS LINK to hear a bit of fun from our First Year class in December 2013.

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
― Frederick Douglass