Music educators are invited to register for access to our online Teacher Workshop, where North Carolina educators present curriculum-aligned materials and lessons for the Symphony’s 2023/24 Education Concert. This year’s workshop was held on August 22 at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Register below for access to the recordings, concert videos, lessons, and resources shared at this year’s workshop.

Workshop Presenters

Luke Arno
West Pine Elementary School
Moore County Schools

Rody Huertas
Frank Porter Graham Elementary School
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Caitlin Joyner
Hobbton Elementary School
Sampson County Schools

Alexis Kagel
Central Elementary School
Orange County Schools

Tonya Suggs
Wildwood Forest Elementary School
Wake County Schools

This year’s workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.

Guest Speaker

This year’s workshop guest speaker is acclaimed author and educator Brendan Slocumb. Raised in Fayetteville, Brendan is a graduate of UNC Greensboro and has been a public and private school music educator for more than two decades. In 2022, Brendan published his first novel, The Violin Conspiracy, selected as GMA’s Book Club Pick; and most recently published his newest novel, Symphony of Secrets, named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2023.

About the Concerts

For more than 75 years, the North Carolina Symphony’s Education Concerts have brought music to life for third through fifth graders across the state. Centered around the theme of “What Makes Music, Music?,” the one-hour concert explores fundamentals such as melody, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, and texture.

The 2023/24 Education Concert for grades 3-5 will be offered live and in person, as well as online for in-school or at-home learning. Reservations for in-person concerts at Meymandi Concert Hall will open on Monday, September 11. Information about virtual and livestream options will be available later in the fall.

The Teacher Workshop presents curriculum-aligned lessons for both programs to pair with your concert experience, whether online or in person.

Learn More

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

If you have any questions about the Teacher Workshop or any Education program, please contact the Education Department at education@ncsymphony.org.