Thank you for joining the North Carolina Symphony to bring music education to students across the state and help build the next generation of musicians and music lovers. This page is filled with online resources for you and your students, including concert videos, lesson plans, workshop presentations, and more. Be sure to bookmark this page for year-round access! If you have questions, please contact the Education Department at

We are grateful to our music education supporters for their dedication to the importance of the arts in the lives of young people.

Education Concert Video & Student Book

Our 2021/22 Education Concert, available either online or in person, takes students on a musical journey to learn “What Makes Music, Music?,” exploring fundamentals such as melody, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, and texture. North Carolina Symphony Assistant Conductor Michelle Di Russo guides students along the way on how to actively listen and participate as they watch the orchestra perform! The online Education Concert was filmed at Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The accompanying Student Book coordinates with the music and topics covered in the concert. The book introduces each composer, and shares fun facts about their life and their music. The music and lyrics for “America the Beautiful” are available for download.

Information about live in-person Education Concerts will be coming soon! Sign up to receive the latest concert information. If you have questions, please contact the Education Department at

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Orchestra & Musical Storytelling with Beethoven

Lesson 2: Form with Jessie Montgomery

Lesson 3: Dynamics with Mozart

Lesson 4: Rhythm with Joplin

Lesson 5: Texture with Anthony Kelley

Lesson 6: Tempo with Arturo Márquez (online concert)

Lesson 7: Melody with Terry Mizesko

Lesson 8: Finale with Carlos Simon (online concert)

Thank You

The North Carolina Symphony’s Education Concert is created in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and is made possible by a generous grant-in-aid from the State of North Carolina, the Honorable Roy Cooper, Governor; the Honorable D. Reid Wilson, Secretary for Natural and Cultural Resources.

We are grateful to our NCS Boards of Trustees—the North Carolina Symphony’s mission to achieve the highest level of artistic quality and performance standards, and embrace the dual legacies of statewide service and music education is led by the North Carolina Symphony Society, Inc., and the Symphony’s endowed funds are held by the North Carolina Symphony Foundation, Inc.

We express our deepest appreciation to the corporations, foundations, and individuals who generously support our education program, as well as to our school system supporters and partners.


Peter and the Wolf

Assistant Conductor Michelle Di Russo leads a performance of Prokofiev’s classic introduction to the orchestra, lending the personalities of the instruments to characters in an exciting tale.  Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, this bilingual presentation in English and Spanish is available in full online for free and accompanied by curriculum-aligned lessons and activities.

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You can find more information about NCS Education programs for all ages on the Education page.

If you have any questions about the Education Concert, the Teacher Workshop, or any Education program, please contact the Education Department at

Ensembles in the Schools

Ensembles in the Schools, starring small groups of North Carolina Symphony musicians, is typically presented in elementary schools across North Carolina.

Ravel’s String Quartet

Our latest Ensembles in the HOME Schools video introduces students to some of the unique ways that string players make music on their instruments.

The video is supplemented with background reading along with two lesson plans and accountability assessments, created for this time of virtual learning.


Meet the String Quartet

Our first Ensembles in the HOME Schools video features the opening from our string quartet’s program, featuring music by Beethoven and even some singing by our musicians!

Meet the Instruments

Through our Meet the Instruments series, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., students will get to know the many instruments that make up a symphony orchestra—as well as the North Carolina Symphony musicians who play them!

Meet the Instruments is created especially for elementary school students, but audiences of all ages are likely to discover new things about the instruments of the orchestra!

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North Carolina Symphony Principal Oboe Melanie Wilsden, North Carolina Symphony Oboe Sandra Posch, and North Carolina Symphony English Horn and Associate Principal Oboe Joseph Peters show off their favorite instruments — how to play them, why they love them, and how all the music comes from tiny reeds carved by hand.

North Carolina Symphony Assistant Principal Flute Mary E. Boone and North Carolina Symphony Piccolo Elizabeth Anderton Lunsford show off their favorite instruments — how to play them, why they love them, and how they bring sweetness and power to the orchestra.

North Carolina Symphony violist Amy Mason shows off her favorite instrument — how to play it, why she loves it, and how warm and rich it sounds. She also plays a duet with NCS violinist So Yun Kim so you can hear how beautiful their instruments sound together!

North Carolina Symphony Associate Principal Cello Elizabeth Beilman shows off her favorite instrument—how to play it, why she loves it, and how to produce sounds ranging from rich and mellow to very scary!

North Carolina Symphony Principal Trombone John Ilika shows off his favorite instrument—how to play it, why he loves it, and why a “buzz” is essential to the sound!

North Carolina Symphony violinist So Yun Kim shows off her favorite instrument—how to play it, why she loves it, and why each violin is as unique as the person who plays it!

North Carolina Symphony Principal Timpani Colin Hartnett shows off his instrument—how to play it, why he loves it, and even… how much it weighs!

Musical Meditations

Teachers, medical professionals, and business leaders are sharing that focusing on emotional health is more important than ever. In an effort to support the well-being of our fellow citizens, the North Carolina Symphony has partnered with North Carolina State Parks and North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to develop a meditation tool—a series of brief musical excerpts, combined with breathtaking visuals from North Carolina landscapes. These videos aim to provide moments of calm and focus, supporting stress-management during the busy school or work day.

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