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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.

PNC Musical Rainbow ConcertPNC 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!

PNC Musical Rainbow schedule and order form

PNC Musical Rainbow Prep Guide

Kids with MacarasPNC Grow Up Great (Pre-K): A Great Early Start in the Arts

For CMSD pre-k students

This partnership with the 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
Education Concert programs and order form
Music Education Programs for Schools brochure

MINDFUL MUSIC MOMENTS - Daily Classical Music and Mindfulness for your students!

The Cleveland Orchestra invites your school to participate in Mindful Music Moments, a program that marries access to classical music, technology, and ‘mindfulness’ (a concept trending heavily with school administrators) to deliver daily 4 minute modules over the morning announcements in schools. This program has proven effective for pre-K through Grade 12 students in creating a ritual to calm and focus before the school day begins.  This program is easy to use.  All of the work is done for you!  For information on cost and details to participate please complete and return the Mindful Music Moments Expression of Interest Form.

Mindful Music Moments Expression of Interest


Teachers bringing students to Education Concerts receive a comprehensive array of free classroom resources to prepare students for their concert experience. 

Teacher’s Guide - Provides repertoire-specific and grade-appropiate classroom teaching ideas, reviews the instruments of the Orchestra, and includes information about The Cleveland Orchestra and historic Severance Hall. 

Teacher’s Guide

The Score - is a special newspaper for students, provides feature stories about The Cleveland Orchestra, background information on composers and compositions featured in the Education Concerts, games and puzzles, and Fan Mail (student letters).

"Score" Newspaper for students

Spotify Playlists - Listen to the Education Concert repertoire before you attend the concert! 

           Beethoven & Prometheus: A Hero’s Journey

           Remembering Martin Luther King

Video - watch "Get Ready for The Cleveland Orchestra" produced by WVIZ/PBS which provides and overview of The Cleveland Orchestra, the Education Concert field trip experience, and historic Severance Hall. 

Teacher Workshops

These engaging, interactive sessions give teachers the tools to engage students in active listening and 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 plan. 

Workshops for Teachers

Kathy Collins with Violin in Classroom

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.

Friday Morning Matinee Concert Overview
September 29th Concert
November 17th Concert
February 16th Concert
March 2nd Concert
March 16th Concert
April 13th Concert

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.

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