The Charlotte Symphony believes that music plays a vital role in lifelong learning. Our mission is to nurture a passion for orchestral music in our community through diverse educational programming and excellent instruction. Find a program that's right for your school or community group in the list below.
COVID-19 UPDATE: To protect its audiences, musicians, and staff from the spread of COVID-19 and in response to evolving guidance from Governor and state and federal health officials, all Education Programs will be held virtually for the 2020-2021 season.
Join CSO Associate Concertmaster Kari Giles and pianist/composer Leonard Mark Lewis for an engaging performance of solo violin selections culminating with the famous children's book Ferdinand the Bull told through both words and music.
Individual CSO musicians present 30-minute interactive programs that blend live musical performances with discussion of their instruments. Each program concludes with a Q&A where students can ask the musician questions in real time.
|"One Musical Family" Education Concert|
This program introduces students to the various musical families that make up the Charlotte Symphony. This includes the professionals both onstage and off who work together to create CSO performances, as well as the broader family of composers, genres, and cultures that comprise our musical world. Participating schools will have access to online preparatory materials and virtual events such as career panels, ensemble performances, and artist interviews. The program culminates with a streamed performance of "One Musical Family" by the Charlotte Symphony in April 2021.
CSO Classical Concerts are streamed into local band and orchestra remote classrooms so students can experience the power of a professional orchestra. Teachers will have access to pre-concert resources such as program notes, video concert previews from CSO conductors and interviews with guest artists.
|Prelude Ensemble Performance|
These small ensembles blend exciting music along with discussion of the repertoire and their instruments. Participating schools will receive access to pre-recorded small ensemble performances to view in their in-person or virtual classrooms. (String Quartet or Brass Quintet available.)
|Virtual Instrument Coaching|
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Coaching provides aspiring student musicians with invaluable feedback directly from professional Charlotte Symphony artists. CSO musicians of all instrument types will be available to provide virtual coaching through Zoom or other video platforms. Available either as a 1:1 or in a masterclass format where the CSO musician works with individual students while the rest of the class observes, learning techniques they can apply to their own playing.
|Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks|
Duration: 1 hour
Link Up is a partnership between the CSO and Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute to provide interactive and curriculum-based symphonic education concerts. Participating teachers are provided free curricular materials from Carnegie Hall to prepare students for a culminating concert experience in the Belk Theater. At the concert students sing, play recorder, and move along with the Charlotte Symphony.
This program is currently on hold until the 21-22 season.
|Music and the Holocaust|
Grades: 6- Adult
Duration: 1 hour
Through narration, historical images, and live performances of traditional and Klezmer music, audiences learn about the Third Reich's attempt to suppress culture and the varied roles that music played during the horrors of the Holocaust.
For questions or more information, please contact Heather Münch, School & Community Programs Manager.