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Programs for Schools & Teachers

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.

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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 2016-17 PNC Musical Rainbows schedule and order form.
Download the 2016-17 Musical Rainbow Guide.

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For CMSD pre-k students

This partnership with Cleveland Metropolitan School District 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.

School Buses at Severance HallEducation 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

Education Concerts
Download the 2016-17 Education Concerts programs and order form.
Download the 2016-17 Education Programs for Schools brochure.


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.

Teacher’s Guide

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 2015-16 Teacher’s Guide.

The Score

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 2015-16 "Score" Newspaper for students

Classroom CDs

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..

Teacher Workshops

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, musical maps, and a special CD of musical excerpts aligned with the lesson plans.

Download the 2016-17 Workshops for Teachers PDF

Kathy Collins with Violin in Classroom

High School Students

Back by popular demand!  Because the Violins of Hope Education Concerts were so well received in December 2015, they will return in March 2017 in order to reach more students throughout Northeast Ohio. The concerts center on the violins that survived the Holocaust and what they can teach all of us about resistance, resilience, and the human spirit. The Violins of Hope concert program combines music and dramatic vignettes to engage the audience in this important period in history. A teacher workshop to prepare your students is also available.

Download 1617 Violins of Hope Concerts and Order form
Download 1617 Workshops for Teachers

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.

Download the Friday Morning Concert schedule and order information.

For additional information, call 216-231-7349 or email

Vanessa Bond Teacher Workshop

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 Packages

Learning Through Music Curriculum Packages are aligned with Ohio New Learning and Fine Arts Standards and are designed to empower classroom teachers to present curriculum in new and innovative ways. Students delve into great pieces of music while reinforcing listening and writing skills, learning about culture and history, and creating their very own musical compositions. Packages, complete with supplemental books and CDs, are available to grade K – 5 teachers and music specialists. To purchase a copy, please email

Arts Integration Workshops

Looking for ways to link the arts to classroom curriculum? Learning Through Music workshops explore arts integration strategies designed for The Cleveland Orchestra’s school partnership program. This 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 2016-17 Workshops for Teachers schedule and order form.

Learning Through Music is supported by Nordson
and by a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.