Home to T-Bone Burnett and Kelly Clarkson, Fort Worth has helped multiple music
successes find their voice. The city offers a variety of programs for aspiring musicians, from a
youth orchestra to a real-life “School of Rock.” Check out these five music programs in Fort
Worth, and you might find yourself being crowned the next American Idol.
1. B Sharp Kids
With a mission to “harmonize communities through music,” the B Sharp Youth Music
Program is a free after school program for young musicians. A program of the Goff Family
Foundation, B Sharp has its own auditioned youth orchestra and summer camps at Bass Hall.
B Sharp meets at Como Elementary School. Providing over ten hours of weekly instruction, B
Sharp will keep you wanting to come Bach for more.
Address: 4000 Horne Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107
2. Recording Connection Audio Institute
For hands on experience in the recording industry, check out Fort Worth’s Recording
Connection Audio Institute. Recording Connection has many branches nationwide, however,
the Fort Worth branch goes above and beyond since the city has multiple globally acclaimed
recording studios to support its prolific music scene. Meant for serious music lovers, Recording
Connection offers a six-month long course in which students study under a music industry
professional. The program has an incredible success rate with over 70% of Recording
Connection alums going on to work in the music industry.
Phone number: (800) 755-7597
3. Fort Worth Youth Orchestra
Bringing the classics to a new generation, the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra is an
ensemble of Fort Worth’s youngest, and most talented, music-makers. The orchestra performs
regularly at Bass Performance Hall and throughout the metroplex, sometimes accompanied by
world-renowned musicians in the past such as Van Cliburn and Morton Gould. Furthermore,
the ensemble goes on international tours, giving young musicians a chance to see the world.
For kids who don’t know how to play an instrument, the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra’s Suzuki
Program offers private violin, viola, cello, and bass lessons for children ages three and up.
Phone number: (817) 923-3121
Address: 4401 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76109
4. Early Childhood Music at TCU
Send your baby to college! Texas Christian University has music programs for families
with children from birth to seven years. The program claims that the earlier children are
exposed to music the better, espousing the benefits of music on child development. Early
Childhood Music offers two Music Together programs in which children will enjoy singing,
musical games, dramatic play, and folk dances along with their mom or dad who can join their
0-5 year old. For Mozarts in training, check out TCU Kids Keyboard or Pre-school Piano
Readiness where young students learn the basics of reading music and playing the piano. A
family affair, Early Childhood Music, which meets in TCU’s Ed Landreth Hall, is an educational
and interactive introduction to the world of music.
Phone number: (817) 257-6134
Address: 2800 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76129
5. Fort Worth School of Rock
School of Rock isn’t just a movie anymore; it’s a program in Fort Worth that can help
you find your inner Mick or Freddie. With private lessons in guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, and
drums, School of Rock also encourages its students to take part in weekly group lessons where
young musicians meet together and jam. One of the goals of School of Rock is to get its young
rockers to be comfortable to perform in front of live audiences, an important skill for a program
that has produced acts for numerous music festivals such as Austin City Limits. Fort Worth
School of Rock drowns out the competition with its high volume fun.
Phone number: (817) 332-7625
Address: 905 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107