For Schools and Teachers
A fundamental commitment to music education by founder Adella Prentiss Hughes has motivated The Cleveland Orchestra throughout its history to make a lasting mark on the Northeast Ohio community. Today, programs at Severance Hall, in schools, conservatories, and Head Start facilities give teachers the tools to integrate music into the classrooms and lives of thousands of students each year. And through residencies in the U.S. and overseas, the Orchestra takes its educational mission on the road.
PNC Musical Rainbow Series
For Preschool-Kindergarten Students
Which instrument is bigger – violin or viola? Which can make the highest sound – and why? What’s a bassoon? How many strings are on a harp? Young children will discover the answers to these musical questions and more during Musical Rainbow programs held throughout the school year in the 400-seat Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall. These 30-minute programs introduce different orchestral instruments or instrument families and most are performed by a Cleveland Orchestra musician. Every program includes a lively narrator, accompanist, and interactive, sing-along fun!
Download the 2012-13 PNC Musical Rainbows schedule and order form.
PNC Grow Up Great: A Great Early Start in the Arts
For Preschool students
This partnership with PNC uses music and the arts to prepare preschool children in local Pre-K/Head Start programs for success in school and in life. Preschool teachers at selected Cleveland Metropolitan School District classrooms and Catholic Charities early learning centers learn how to integrate music-based activities into their everyday curriculum. Through focused classroom activities and special visits from Cleveland Orchestra musicians, students learn key language arts, math, social development and motor skills that help prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.
Education Concerts for Schools
NEW CONCERTS JUST ADDED!
March 7 and 8 for grades 1-3.
Our “Music in the Clouds” Education Concert for grades 1-3, will take your students on a musical and meterological journey! A mini Teacher’s Guide is available online (see below). Order your tickets today!
A tradition since 1921, Cleveland Orchestra Education Concerts introduce more than 30,000 students annually to classical music in historic Severance Hall. These narrated, 60-minute concerts explore basic musical concepts while introducing students to orchestral repertory with distinct programs for Grades 1-3; Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8, and are designed with the following goals in mind:
- To present concerts of the highest artistic quality
- To introduce students to the Orchestra and to its music, and to the role of the audience
- To familiarize students with Severance Hall and its rich history
- To encourage students to examine the nature, meaning and value of the arts in the community and in the world at large
- To provide an opportunity for students to listen to, analyze and evaluate music performances in accordance with the National Standards for Arts Education
To serve as a resource for teachers in reaching the music benchmarks established in the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Fine Arts and complying with the federal No Child Left Behind legislation (NCLB) which recognizes that arts are core academic content.
Teachers receive a comprehensive array of free classroom resources prior to the concerts including the Teacher’s Guide, The Score student newspaper, special CDs of concert music, plus a video broadcast on WVIZ-TV. Those attending a Teacher Workshop at Severance Hall receive extra lesson plans and materials to prepare students for Education Concerts. Each is provided to help both students and teachers prepare for Education Concerts at Severance Hall. Ticket sales for Education Concerts are managed by the Orchestra's Education Department. For more information, please contact the Manager of Education and Family Concerts at 216-231-7349 or email email@example.com.
Music in the Clouds - March 7 and 8 - Just Announced!
Download the "Music in the Clouds" Education Concert order form.
Download the "Music in the Clouds" Education Concert program guide.
Education Concerts - October, March, and May
Download the 2012-13 Education Concerts programs and order form.
Download the 2012-13 Educational Programs for Schools brochure.
Classroom Resources for Education Concerts
The Teacher's Guide provides repertoire-specific classroom teaching ideas for grades 1-3, 4-5, and 6-8. The Teacher’s Guide also reviews the instruments of the Orchestra and includes information about The Cleveland Orchestra and historic Severance Hall. The Teacher’s Guide is free to schools who attend Education Concerts.
Download the 2011-12 Teacher’s Guide.
The Score, a special newspaper for students who will be attending Education Concerts, provides feature stories about the Orchestra, background information on composers and compositions, games and puzzles, plus Fan Mail (student letters) and Visual Art Winners (student artwork). The Score is free to schools who attend Education Concerts.
Excerpts of the musical pieces to be featured in Education Concerts provide a convenient way to familiarize students with the concert music. Classroom CDs are free to schools who attend Education Concerts.
View our introductory video, “Get Ready for The Cleveland Orchestra” produced by WVIZ/PBS Ideastream, which provides an overview of the Orchestra, the Education Concert field trip experience, and historic Severance Hall..
Visual Arts Project
The Visual Arts Project encourages an appreciation of Education Concerts as a visual experience as well as a musical one, and provides a follow-up exercise to extend the concert-going experience. Any student who attended an Education Concert by The Cleveland Orchestra may submit a drawing, painting or collage based on any aspect of the visit to Severance Hall. Winning entries receive tickets to a Cleveland Orchestra concert.
For more info call 216-231-7349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Students
The Cleveland Orchestra invites high school students to join us for a Cleveland Orchestra Friday Matinee. High Schools are offered a special student discount rate. These concerts, which are open to the general public, give students the opportunity to hear The Cleveland Orchestra in a traditional concert setting.
For additional information call 216-231-7349 or email email@example.com.
Download the 2012-13 High School students invitation to Cleveland Orchestra Friday Matinee programs and order form.
Bringing students to a Cleveland Orchestra Education Concert? Discover the fun of active listening! Led by area music education experts, these engaging, interactive sessions show you how to bring Education Concert repertoire to life before you and your students step foot in Severance Hall. $25 fee covers parking and all materials including lesson plans, poster sized musical maps, and a special CD of musical excerpts.
Learning Through Music School Partnership Program
This nationally recognized program fosters the use of music and the arts to support general classroom learning in select schools through a combination of curriculum, resources, teacher professional development workshops, and classroom visits by members of The Cleveland Orchestra.
Arts Integrated Curriculum & Resources
Curriculum resources include field-tested, curriculum-based, arts-integrated lesson plans developed by The Cleveland Orchestra in collaboration with Cleveland-area elementary teachers and curriculum writers. LTM lessons are aligned with the revised Ohio Academic Content Standards, come complete with all required books and CDs, and contain many strategies for assessment. Curriculum packages of lesson plans plus all required books and CDs are available for Grades K,1,2,3,4, and 5 with special K-5 packages for the music or art specialist. To order LTM arts-integrated curricular resources, call 216-231-7353 or email LTM@clevelandorchestra.com. Download the Grade 2 or the Grade 5 lesson plan samples.
Looking for ways to link the arts to the classroom curriculum? Led by national arts education expert Mitchell Korn, Learning Through Music workshops explore general arts integration strategies designed for The Cleveland Orchestra’s school partnership program. Designed to help classroom teachers and specialists new to or curious about Learning Through Music, the workshop features expert modeling of lessons and related materials. The $25 fee covers parking and all provided materials – free for teachers at Learning Through Music partner schools and CMSD.
Download the 2012-13 Workshops for Teachers schedule and order form.
Musician Visits to Your Classroom
Cleveland Orchestra musicians who have been specially trained as teaching artists present curriculum-linked programs in schools who become full partners in Learning Through Music. Programs are available for Grades K-5, are classroom-based, and are aligned to the Ohio Academic Content Standards. Call the Education department at (216) 231-7353 or email LTM@clevelandorchestra.com for more details. Download musician program outline samples for Grade 1 and Grade 4.
Learning Through Music is supported
by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation
and the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.