Neighborhood Orchestra

Founded in the fall of 2014, Neighborhood Orchestra is a tuition-free after-school program open to any student in grade K through 12. Neighborhood Orchestra offers students the opportunity to learn a new instrument, building a foundation of technique and skill in our beginning wind, string, and brass ensemble. For our youngest students (grades K-2), we offer recorder ensemble for those with little or no prior music background. For students with two or more years of experience, the intermediate-advanced ensemble offers an opportunity for students to continue working on developing their musicianship and performance skills in an accelerated ensemble setting.

Our Neighborhood students have unique and exciting performance opportunities. Past performance highlights include YMF’s Community Arts Festival, the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park’s Summer concert Series, and the D’Addario Foundation Instrument Drive at the Ace Hotel.


A Holistic Approach to Music Education

Students enrolled in the Neighborhood Orchestra program experience music in a variety of ways. Students participate in music theory classes through the Riko Methodology of theory, F.O.O.D., an immersive, game-based, hands-on approach to learning the fundamentals of music theory.

Students in Neighborhood Orchestra also benefit from one-on-one and small group interactions with highly trained teaching artists and visiting artists from a wide range of musical backgrounds where students will receive guided mentorship in building ranging from artistic skill and ways to further explore and discover their creative voice to learning about the diverse range of careers in music. Students will also strengthen their critical thinking and creative problem solving, and enhance their level of communication and teamwork that they can carry into any aspect of their lives.

When you join the YMF Neighborhood Orchestra, you are a part of a rich and growing family that will provide ongoing support through experiencing the joy of music.


Join Neighborhood Orchestra!

Email or call (323)987-0065 to register your student today.


"My hopes are that my daughter continues to play violin. This experience definitely enlightened our whole family and will be one we talk about and look back on for some time to come. Thank you all so much for the awesome experience and opportunity. p.s. The concert rocked." 

 — Violin Parent, Neighborhood Orchestra

"To many people including myself, music is their best friend. It calms you down. Music feels like someone is talking to you." 

— Guitar Student, Grade 6, Sacred Heart Elementary School