Kids touching cello in a school
Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra

Community & Education: FSO in the Schools

Last year more than 6,000 students in northern Arizona witnessed and participated in our educational programs.

The FSO believes that the singular qualities of classical music — its fluid ability to express the loftiest ideas as well as the most subtle emotions — provide an indelible tool to enhance student learning.

Symphony Schools

The FSO is pleased to partner with Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, Basis, Marshall Magnet Elementary School, Northland Preparatory Academy, Mount Elden Middle School and Williams Elementary/Middle School as Symphony Schools. Being a Symphony School means a committed and visible presence of music and music education programs created in partnership with the FSO. Teachers from Symphony Schools design projects, encourage concert attendance and enjoy visits from FSO musicians and guest artists.

Music on the Move

We send ensembles of four or five FSO musicians into the schools to play their instruments. And to interactively educate.

Learning from the Best

In addition to performing with the symphony during concert night, our visiting artists reach further into the community with school visits, master classes and workshops for student musicians from grade school through university level.

Conductor in the Classroom

Maestra Elizabeth Schulze visits classrooms of kindergarten, first and second grade students, instructing them in the principles of conducting, cooperation and creativity.

The Sound I See

A collaboration with Marshall Elementary School that sends FSO musicians into the kindergarten class to play for children who then draw the instruments. We present the drawings in an exhibit in the lobby of Ardrey Auditorium before our concerts.

Music & Me

FSO violinist Sara Ryan visits kindergarten classrooms with instruments, scarves, storybooks and enthusiasm, inviting children to learn about music through movement and sound.

Keeping Score Flagstaff

Keeping Score Flagstaff offers K-12 teachers training, materials, and support to integrate classical music into their classrooms and into the core subjects of science, math, English, history and social studies.

Sedona Music in the Schools

Funded by the Sedona Community Foundation and organized by the Sedona Flagstaff Symphony League, Sedona Music in the Schools is an ongoing collaboration with Sedona elementary schools and groups of FSO musicians.

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