The Endangered Instruments Program (EIP) supports school instrumental music teachers by providing highly trained teaching specialists on less-commonly played instruments.
EIP was founded in 1990 as an in-school program encouraging music students to learn less commonly played instruments. EIP has evolved into an important part of SYSO in the Schools programs that reinforce public school music classes and increase the size, diversity and quality of school band and orchestra programs.
EIP provides school music departments with weekly group instrumental lessons for students in the early stages of learning on the following instruments:
The Endangered Instruments Program continues to spread throughout the region with EIP coaches now serving 9 schools in Seattle Public Schools, 12 schools in districts outside of Seattle, and working alongside 29 public school teachers.
Endangered Instrument Programs have been successfully implemented in the following schools and districts: