Oso Musical provides free, once-weekly music classes for children in the Waco area who have special needs. Our participants range from 4 years to 12th grade and have a variety of special needs and abilities. Research has shown that children of all ability levels benefit from making music. Being immersed in a music enrichment class is a joyful and transformational experience, especially for children with special needs.

Our music classes are not music therapy services; instead, we provide a music education based on the Orff Schulwerk philosophy. We use traditional or original poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances as basic musical building blocks. Spoken or sung, they are then accompanied by body rhythm or instruments such as drums, sticks, bells, Orff instruments, boomwhackers, and more. 

Oso Musical is involved in the forefront of music research and works to spread the joy of our program with others. We believe children with special needs are amazing and can't wait to share their successes!


How do I find out more about Oso Musical?

If you're interested in more information about our program, please visit our website, email us (osomusical@baylor.edu), or call 254-710-1193 to reach Program Director Jill Gusukuma. We'll respond to you as soon as possible!

How do I sign my child up for Oso Musical?

If you'd like to sign up, please visit the “Register” section of our website, email us (osomusical@baylor.edu) and we'll send you a quick form, or let us know you plan to attend, and we’ll provide a paper copy of the registration form.

Where and when does Oso Musical meet?

Oso Musical meets on Monday evenings, in two different classes in the McCrary Music Building on the Baylor University Campus.  Oso Green, for children 4 years through 5th grade, meets from 6:15-6:50PM, and Oso Gold, for children 6th-12th grade, meets from 6:55-7:30PM.

Does Oso Musical cost anything?

No! Oso Musical is absolutely, completely free for all participants.

I'm interested in supporting Oso Musical, how do I do that?

You may financially give to the Music Education Excellence Fund in one of two ways: 

  1. Mail a check or cash to Angela Traylor, Financial Manager, at: Baylor University School of Music, Attn: Angela Traylor, One Bear Place #97408, Waco, TX 76798.  Please include a note that the donation is for Oso Musical.
  2. Visit the Music Education Excellence Fund giving page. To ensure that the funding goes to Oso Musical, please be sure to email Oso Musical at osomusical@baylor.edu to let us know about your gift, either immediately before or after submission, so that we can ensure that the funds are correctly annotated in the Development Office.

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