Classroom Programs

A tradition since the first season in 1951-52

Classroom Programs


Each year, thousands of students throughout the greater Columbus area participate in the Columbus Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts. Concerts are programmed at the Ohio Theatre and are thematically based and grade appropriate. Pre-concert materials are provided for teachers and students based on the Ohio Academic content standards. All seats are $5 and include a student workbook and one teacher guide & concert music. (1 free teacher ticket for every 20 students).  Click here to learn more about Young People's Concerts and to see resources for at-home learning.


Mindful Music Moments, a program to teach stress reduction and mindfulness techniques through classical music, served 4,700 students at seven local schools in 2019-2020. Nearly half of participating students were classified as disadvantaged, and 9% had limited English proficiency. Each day students listen to four minutes of recorded classical music and relaxation prompts at the start of each school day during morning announcements. Part music appreciation and part stress-reduction techniques, the program offers insight on the composers and music history while taking a moment to calm students’ minds and prepare them to learn. For 2020-2021, the Columbus Symphony expanded our sponsorship of Mindful Music Moments, offering the program for free to all Columbus City Schools and central Ohio pre-schools. Sponsorships of seven other local school districts already participating in the program were also renewed. Click here to learn more.



Grades 3-12

Students in grades 3-12 can experience a unique behind-the-scenes look at the orchestra in rehearsal, as well as a comprehensive tour of the Ohio Theatre led by knowledgeable docents. This is an opportunity for students to learn about the architecture and history of the Ohio Theatre as well as the history of the Columbus Symphony. Peek backstage, visit rehearsal rooms and watch a portion of the Columbus Symphony rehearsal. All tours begin at 10:00am and last one hour. Schools and home schools: $5 for students and chaperones. Adult only tours: $10 a person. 


In-school performances are tailored to different grade levels and bring classical music directly to young people in Columbus communities. Fees are available upon request.

For additional information, please call (614) 221-4916.