To address the serious lack of exposure and access to the arts for students in Charleston’s public schools — both to the arts in general, and to classical music in particular — Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area (CIS) is partnering with Ayala Asherov-Kalus to pilot a new in-school music enrichment program for 4th and/or 5th grade students in underserved elementary schools. To engage and excite these young people about music and to strengthen the impacts of their experiences, Ms. Asherov — an award-winning composer, singer and songwriter — will provide an in-school music ensemble performance for them incorporating both original composition and live chamber performance, integrated with the students’ core academic subjects and the district’s curriculum standards defined by the State of South Carolina.The program will include a pre-performance activity that enables the students to learn about what they will hear (the composers, the musical styles and stories, literary and historical connections, and the instruments) and to engage them in a creative endeavor in the classroom. With materials provided to their teachers, students will be asked to write a story or poem that Ms. Asherov will then use to create a short composition for the subsequent performance. Ms. Asherov will also work with some of the musicians and with the educational outreach staff of the Charleston Symphony to expand the professional offerings of her program, presenting musical experiences of the highest quality in local schools.In culmination, students will see a professional ensemble live and in person, a first-time experience for most of them. Not only will this present an emotionally powerful event, it will also expand what they have already learned about the music and the instruments. They will be able to meet and speak with the musicians and learn more about who they are and what they do. Afterwards, the students will have follow-up activities in the classroom to reinforce what they have learned and further integrate this musical experience into their other subject areas — particularly through a discussion about their experiences, and through a written assignment that encourages them to express in words (and drawings) what they learned, felt and heard.