A fundamental commitment to music education by founder Adella Prentiss Hughes has motivated The Cleveland Orchestra throughout its history to serve the community and leave a lasting musical legacy. Today, programs in Severance Hall, in schools, conservatories, libraries and community centers provide education and access to orchestral music for students of all ages, and give teachers the tools to integrate music into the classrooms and lives of thousands of students each year. And through residencies in the United States and abroad, The Cleveland Orchestra takes its mission for education on the road.
PNC Musical Rainbows
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 host, accompanist, and interactive, sing-along fun!
Download the 2013-14 PNC Musical Rainbows schedule and order form.
PNC Grow Up Great (Pre-K): A Great Early Start in the Arts
For CMSD preschool students
This partnership with six Cleveland Metropolitan School District preschool classrooms uses music to develop school-readiness skills (such as learning to count, learning the alphabet; following directions, and listening), and engages young children in active music making. Through focused, teacher-led classroom activities and special visits from Cleveland Orchestra musicians, students learn key academic, social, motor and musical skills that help prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.
Education Concerts for Schools
A tradition since 1921, Cleveland Orchestra Education Concerts introduce nearly 20,000 students annually to orchestral music in historic Severance Hall. These engaging, age-appropriate, 60-minute concerts provide a full orchestra experience of the highest quality performed by a world-class orchestra — an experience all Cleveland area students deserve, and one they will never forget!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Concerts — October 2013 and April 2014
Download the 2013-14 Education Concerts programs and order form.
Download the 2013-14 Educational Programs for Schools brochure.
CLASSROOM RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS
Teachers receive a comprehensive array of free classroom resources prior to Education Concerts including a Teacher’s Guide, The Score student newspaper, a special CD of the concert music, and a video from WVIZ/Ideastream.
The Teacher's Guide provides repertoire-specific classroom teaching ideas for grades 1-3, 4-5, and 6-8, 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 2013-14 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, and Fan Mail (student letters). The Score is free to schools who attend Education Concerts.
Download the "The Score" newspaper for 2013-14.
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..
Bringing students to a Cleveland Orchestra Education Concert? Discover the fun of active listening! Led by music education experts, these engaging, interactive sessions help teachers bring Education Concert repertoire to life before 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 aligned with the lesson plan.
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.
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Download the 2013-14 High School students invitation and order form to Cleveland Orchestra Friday Matinee programs.
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 curriculum packages are aligned with the revised Ohio Academic Content Standards, come complete with all required books and CDs, and contain many strategies for assessment. Complete packages are only available to LTM partner schools. For more information about 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.
Arts Integration Workshops
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 2013-14 Workshops for Teachers schedule and order form.
Musician Visits to LTM Partner Classrooms
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 Nordson
and by a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.