Education Programs

Symphony for the Schools, presented by American Airlines

Symphony for the Schools, the signature program of The Phoenix Symphony, provides K-12 public, private, charter, parochial and home school groups an opportunity to attend a world-class concert at Symphony Hall. Concerts occur during the school day and align with Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards, helping students connect the exciting world of music to literature, history and science. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.

Bach 'n' Roll School Assemblies & Classroom Concerts

Bring The Phoenix Symphony to your school! Through Bach 'n' Roll Assemblies or Classroom Concerts, ensembles tour to area schools with engaging educational concerts. As two of the Symphony’s most in-demand programs, performances are highly interactive allowing musicians, students and teachers to connect through music. For more information or to make a reservation, click here. These programs are available in locations within a 30 mile radius of downtown Phoenix.

Additional Educational Field Trip Options to Symphony Hall

Field trips for smaller educational groups are available throughout the year during multiple Friday morning concerts that include exclusive "Pre-Concert Chats" with a symphony moderator. The Phoenix Symphony's "Coffee Classics Series" includes seven different programs during the 2015-2016 season. These programs includes Friday morning performances at 11:00am and (optional) Pre-Concert Chats beginning at 10:00am. Performances consist of an hour long selection of music from that weekend's Classics Concert Series program. These field trips offer a unique opportunitiy for students to ask questions during the pre-concert chats. This field trip option is ideal for high school students and other educational institutions with flexible morning schedules. 

To make reservations and to locate more preparation materials for your Coffee Classics field trip, click here.
For discounts for groups of 10 or more people please call the box office.

Mind Over Music

Mind Over Music is a new initiative created by The Phoenix Symphony which trains teachers to integrate music into STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts, the first symphony program of its kind in the nation. By learning through music, students are provided with new, creative ways to learn science and math concepts. For more information, click here.

One Nation

Now in its thirteenth year, One Nation is a unique musical and cultural partnership between The Phoenix Symphony and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. This program enhances the fundamental music programs of the Community’s elementary and high schools and builds relationships between Symphony musicians and students. Symphony musicians provide private and group music lessons to students during the school day; teach after school music classes; and provide recital coaching to prepare students for public performances. Students, their families, and school faculty are also given free tickets to attend concerts at Symphony Hall, which builds a broader sense of community and affords students the opportunity to see their instructors in a different light as professional musicians. The Phoenix Symphony wishes to thank the Salt River Community Children's Foundation, Fry's Food Stores, and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for their support of One Nation. 

PetSmart ¡Abraze La Música!

PetSmart ¡Abraze La Música! (Embrace the Music) is a partnership between The Phoenix Symphony and Rosie's House, a free music academy for inner city youth in downtown Phoenix.  Throughout the school year, The Phoenix Symphony brings a variety of guest artists, musicians and conductors to Rosie’s House for clinics and discussions about music, the dedication needed to become a professional musician and the importance of accomplishing one's goals. Students and their families are also provided free tickets to attend concerts at Symphony Hall. The Phoenix Symphony wishes to thank PetSmart for their support of ¡Abraze La Música!

Study Guides & Education Resources

Study guides for each concert containing connections to Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards, lesson plans and assessment tools will be available to download from our website prior to each performance.  Visit the Resources for Educators area for more information.

The Phoenix Symphony wishes to thank the following sponsors for their unrestricted support of our Education & Community engagement programs:

  • Allen-Heath Memorial Foundation
  • Carstens Family Funds
  • Goodman-Klein-Pinckney Family Foundation
  • The Kemper & Ethel Marley Foundation
  • Nationwide Foundation
  • Whitcomb Charitable Foundation