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Music Education engagement

The programs offered by the FSO provide a progression of music education for students from preschool following them through their entire academic journey to their senior year of high school. They are designed to excite students for a lifetime of music enriched learning. Studies show that music not only strengthens academic ability in core subjects such as math and science, but also has a powerful positive influence on the development of an individual child’s self-esteem, confidence, self-discipline, and compassion. Longitudinal studies of 25,000 students have shown that regardless of socioeconomic status, students with an education rich in the arts have:

Moreover, students with four years of arts or music in high school average 100 points better on their SAT scores than students with one-half year or less. *Ten Top Reasons to Support the Arts (from Arts Watch) posted by Randy Cohen on April 20, 2011.

FSO is dedicated to keeping this important arts education at the forefront of student development. We have individual Music Education Engagement programs tailor-made for each grade level.


Tailor-Made for Each Grade Level


"Miss Jody" Chaffee

Education Outreach Director

Jody Chaffee is a musician with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Sandusky, Ohio. For over 20 years, she has held the chairs of Flute II and Piccolo.

As Education Outreach Director, Jody creates and presents engaging programming for all ages, ranging from infancy through adulthood. She is in contact with over 5,000 students each year in 12 different school districts. For this work, Jody was one of five selected from across the country to receive the prestigious national Ford Musician Award from the League of American Orchestras.  

Jody served as a band director for six years and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, still holding a current Ohio teaching license. Jody, along with her husband Ben, resides in North Fairfield with their three children, Benjamin, Lydia and Bryan.

"Mr. Jacob" Campbell

Education Outreach Instructor

Jacob Campbell is from Lorain, Ohio. His bachelors degree in viola performance is from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.  Jacob has done post-graduate course work for a masters degree and teaching certification from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jacob has played viola and violin in the Ashland Symphony, Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, Venice Symphony,  and North Port Symphony.  Jacob is also the Music Director of Symphony West.  He also performs around N. E. Ohio. In addition to being a violist with the FSO, he is also an instructor of multiple instruments at the FSO School of Music.

When not making music; he enjoys the outdoors, watching movies, trying out new restaurants, studying history, and photography.


We rely on the generosity of our donors and local community sponsors to bring these programs to our local schools and foster a lifelong love of music in our communities! THANK YOU to all our generous donors and sponsors.

Boeckling Charitable Trust

Sam S. & Rose Stein Foundation

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