Education Concerts


What Makes Music, Music!

During this unprecedented time, students need access to the arts more than ever—and at the Symphony, our music education mission remains constant. To that end, we have released a digital broadcast of a North Carolina Symphony Education Concert and its companion materials, to support teachers who are engaging their students virtually and parents/guardians who are continuing their children’s education at home. This educational content is available free of charge for students, teachers, parents, and audiences of all ages to access and enjoy across North Carolina and worldwide.

The 30-minute concert video, along with lesson plans and activities from the 2020 Educator Workshop, can be accessed by entering the password 1932 on our Virtual Concert page.


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.