School Programs


Coaching and Master Classes provide aspiring student musicians in grades 6 through 12 with invaluable feedback directly from professional Charlotte Symphony performing artists. Our musicians visit band and orchestra classes to work directly with students to improve their playing technique and create conversations and performance sessions that cover a wide variety of musical topics.

  • CSO musicians join band and orchestra classes to work directly with students through individual or sectional coaching sessions.
  • A dialogue/performance session between students and CSO musicians covers a variety of musical topics (practice skills, performance etiquette, improvisation, etc.) or a formal session, in which students perform for and receive feedback from CSO musicians.


Bring the orchestra into your school with a Prelude Ensemble performance. These special presentations are open to students in grades K-12. Prelude Ensembles support North Carolina Standard's for Music Education and serve as an introduction for students to the instruments of the orchestra. Our professional musicians perform an interactive 45-minute program that includes discussion about their instruments, the repertoire, and featured composers. Each program also includes time for students to ask questions.


The Charlotte Symphony has a long history of providing exciting and educational artist-in-residence programs for students of all ages. These programs integrate music with the core-curriculum in accordance with the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards. By integrating elements of music with a particular subject, the musician-educator uses music to develop the students' imaginations so that they are better able to grasp academic concepts, to employ critical thinking skills and to express themselves.

Educational Explorations through Music (Language Arts)

EETM is a literacy-based, sequential partnership program whereby music is integrated into the core curricula with a focus on Language Arts and literary techniques. Each lesson involves hands-on activities relating text and musical compositions. Students identify and interpret musical and literary elements that are crucial to the telling of a story or the writing of a poem. This program assists the students in expressing themselves with greater detail by providing a sensory context and frames of reference for imaginative expression.

Interpreting History through Art

This project demonstrates how history or cultural events can be the inspiration for an artistic work and how the arts can interpret history. A composer-in-residence works with students on the creative process and guides them in creating an original multi-disciplinary and multi-media performance piece based on community or historical research.


Phoebe Lustig
School and Community Programs Manager