Education Concerts

During this unprecedented time, students need access to the arts more than ever – and at the Symphony, our music education mission remains constant. During the 2021/22 school year, the education will continue – now, online AND in-person with new concerts and curriculum-aligned material for elementary students.

Peter and the Wolf (Grades K-2)

Our bilingual concert for grades K-2, Peter and the Wolf, introduces younger students to the instruments of the orchestra through the musical storytelling of Sergei Prokofiev. The concert and classroom curriculum will be available online by October 1.

What Makes Music, Music? (Grades 3-5)

Our concert for grades 3-5, What Makes Music, Music?, explores core musical concepts through a diverse range of cultures and composers. This concert will be available online and in-person.

Teacher Workshop


Music educators are invited to view a FREE 4-hour workshop, where North Carolina educators present curriculum-aligned materials and lessons for the Symphony’s 2021/22 Education programs.

Video of the event will be available starting in October.

Ensembles in the Schools


Through the Ensembles in the Schools program, the North Carolina Symphony creates intimate learning experiences for students with a wind quintet and a string quartet.

The ensembles, comprised of North Carolina Symphony musicians, give an interactive performance that reinforces the fundamentals of music and demonstrates the teamwork involved in music making. The NCS education staff and musicians work collaboratively with classroom teachers to create a program that is entertaining and supports North Carolina curriculum guidelines.

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!




The North Carolina Symphony’s FREE Adopt-a-School program serves to foster the relationship between NCS musicians and K-12 students and teachers statewide. Individual musicians are paired with North Carolina teachers, serving as a mentor and resource throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Musicians and teachers work collaboratively to schedule engaging virtual activities and/or visits that align with the North Carolina Essential Standards in Music. Activities include musical discussions, instrument demonstrations, incorporating music into cross-curricular subject areas, and more.



For more information about any of these programs, please contact the Education department at education@ncsymphony.org.