The Philadelphia Orchestra offers an array of resources to serve teachers planning to bring groups to one of our School Concerts.
The Philadelphia Orchestra tailors its School Concerts to align with the interactive and engaging Link Up curriculum, developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. This curriculum places a strong emphasis on student participation: the students learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and then perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra from their seats at a culminating School Concert in Verizon Hall.
For the 2017-18 season, The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Link Up: The Orchestra Sings. Carnegie Hall provides each teacher who brings a group to a School Concert with printed curriculum materials that will be mailed upon registration, digital resources, and optional student workbooks.
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s free workshops prime teachers for the optimal experience in preparing students for School Concerts. At a workshop, teachers can deepen their understanding of the music to be performed at the concert, become acquainted with best practices for implementing the Link Up curriculum, and explore techniques for arts-integrated instruction more broadly.
2017-18 Teacher Workshop Schedule
Thursday, August 31: School District of Philadelphia In-service Day at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Wednesday, October 4, 6:00-7:30 PM: Rendell Room at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Planning Your Visit
Forms and Helpful Information
SDP Class Trip Request Form
SDP Parental Permission Form
16-17 Certificate of Liability Form
Guide to Audience Behavior
Inclement Weather Policy
Directions to the Kimmel Center and Kimmel Center Parking
Parking Near Kimmel Center
Group Leader Instructions and Day of Concert Checklist
Bus Driver Instructions and Transportation Map
Enhance the quality of your School Concert experience with a free classroom visit from an Orchestra docent. These knowledgeable volunteers help prepare students for the concert with a presentation designed to increase their knowledge and understanding of the music, musicians, and the concert hall.
Docent visits are free of charge and available to school groups who purchase 25 tickets or more. Request a docent presentation when ordering your tickets or by sending an e-mail to HEAR@philorch.org.
PLEASE NOTE: Docent requests made less than four weeks before your scheduled concert may not be able to be accommodated.
View the 2015-16 Philadelphia Orchestra School Concert Curriculum Guide, Inside the Music.
View the Pennsylvania academic standards achieved through Inside the Music lessons.
The Philadelphia Orchestra Collaborative Learning department recommends the following websites that support arts education in the classroom.
Teaching and Learning Materials