We regularly present programs free to the public at libraries and other community venues. These are often lecture – demonstrations, providing an opportunity to casually meet concert artists, learn about their musical interests, and hear them perform.
These events have been held at each of San Jose’s branch public libraries. We have also been featured on public television and radio broadcasts.
The majority of our educational outreach is “up close and personal”, taking artists to classrooms where students are able to ask questions. This is a different experience than being a member of a large audience: it’s much more casual and informative.
The artist performs, discusses and demonstrates different guitar playing techniques. Our artistic director always accompanies the artist, acting as moderator: interviewing the artist and encouraging the students to ask questions.
Each season, we provide over 20 presentations to guitar and music classses, elementary classrooms, and at school assemblies of 200 or more students.
We bring music to convalescent facilities and hospitals, such as the VA Palo Alto Hospital. This outreach is particularly gratifying and appreciated.
With grant support from the Farrington Historical Foundation, the South Bay Guitar Society has been able to offer alternate site classical guitar concerts for shut-ins. We call the program Deep Outreach. These are not student practice or rehearsal, but real concerts featuring world class professional musicians. They are the same concert for which fans purchase tickets and attend in our downtown concert hall. Past Deep Outreach offerings include:
- Palo Alto VA Hospital, blind veterans (twice)
- Alzheimer’s Activity Center, day care (twice)
- Lincoln Glen Manor, nursing facility
- Valley House, rehabilitation center
- Collage of Adaptive Arts, young adults with abilities
- Cedar Creek, Alzheimer’s & dementia residential & respite care
- Menlo Park VA Hospital, psychiatric ward (twice)
- Saratoga Retirement Community, health care center
- Bill Wilson Center, run-away & homeless youth
- Mission Villa, dementia care residence