Classroom Programs

A tradition since the first season in 1951-52


Symphony education programs engage young people with enriching and healing music education opportunities. Our programs offer students from all backgrounds the experience of live, in-person concerts by a professional orchestra (a potentially life-altering event), opportunities to develop their skills and talents as young musicians, and fun, interactive learning experiences with CSO musicians. We offer a diverse range of in-person and virtual programming, providing a variety of ways for teachers to integrate music education into the classroom, and for families, children, and lifelong learners to explore great music from around the world.





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). Transportation grants are available. Please check our resource page below for music links, student workbooks, and teacher guides for all of our Young People's Concerts.  For more information or to register click here.


Open Rehearsals 

Each season, the CSO opens several of its working rehearsals to middle school and high school music students. These unique opportunities provide an insider's view of how the Orchestra prepares for a concert. All open rehearsals take place at the Ohio Theater from 10am-12:30pm. Following the rehearsal, students are invited to participate in a Q& A session with a CSO musician.


Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1-February 23, 2024

Carl St. Clair,  conductor
Claire Huangci,


Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn-April 5th, 2024

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Sara Davis Buechner, piano


Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev-April 19, 2024 

Rossen Milanov, conductor
Joanna Frankel, violin


Beethoven No. 2-May 17, 2024 

Kenneth Bean, conductor
Thomas Mesa, cello

 For more information or to register click here.





In-school full orchestra performances are tailored for grades K-5 and 6-12 to bring classical music directly to young people in Columbus communities!  A limited number of free concert performances are available for the 2023-2024 season.

 For more information or to register click here.


Can't Stop the Feelin' 

Host: Z.F. Taylor 

Have you ever wondered how a piece of music made you cry or dance around with excitement? Classical composers use different moods, tonality, structures, and instruments to help us understand the language of music. Join us as we explore these musical ideas and get to the heart of why music has such an impact on our feelings and emotions.  





Mindful Music Moments, a program to teach stress reduction and mindfulness techniques through classical music, served 12,000 students from over 30 local schools and 10 preschools in 2021-2022. At the start of each day, students listen to four minutes of recorded classical music and relaxation prompts 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 2022-2023, 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. Click here to learn more.





Websites for students, parents/guardians, teachers, and caregivers, and learners of all ages to dive deeper into the world of music. These sites provide meaningful learning opportunities, each with three areas to explore: Learn, Perform, and Visit. Both sites are full of engaging activities and information, tailored to a particular age group. for grades K-6, featuring CSO mascot Bee-thoven as your virtual guide.




A three-year digital music curriculum that can be used independently or sequentially for students grades 2-5. Weekly videos and worksheets feature our lovable mascot Bee-thoven and CSO musicians, accompanied by grade-appropriate materials aligned with Ohio Fine Arts and English Language Arts standards. Each semester-long unit focuses on subjects such as instruments of the orchestra, classical composers, basics of music, composing, listening, analyzing, and critiquing. Each unit concludes with a full-length concert performed by the Columbus Symphony or a culminating project.  For more information click here.



Questions about Classroom programs?  Fill out our Information Form HERE or contact

Director of Education, Meghan McDevitt, at [email protected] or at (614) 221-4916



Special thanks:

Bee-thoven Express Presenting Sponsor