Project Description

Purple Bamboo Orchestra

Low-income K-5 students at Lincoln Elementary School in Chinatown were taught music, rhythm, theory, music history and traditional Chinese opera while learning to play traditional Chinese instruments.

More advanced students went on to participate in the school’s Purple Bamboo Orchestra. Playing traditional Chinese instruments tied into a larger comprehensive academic experience while building ethnic pride.

The program was funded in 1998, 1999 and 2000.