Each year over 30,000 students in grades K-12 experience the wonder of live orchestral music through MSO Concerts for Schools. These curriculum-based programs feature great works of the vast symphonic repertoire performed by the professional musicians of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Educational and engaging concert narration, teacher preparation materials, and classroom visits by Forte Volunteer League docents give students the knowledge needed to grasp the music in greater depth. By understanding works in context, students see ties between music and literature, history, visual art, and a variety of cultural influences.
With questions or for more information, please contact the Education Department by phone at 414.226.7886 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seating will be assigned based on group size and accessibility needs.
For all concerts, 1 complimentary chaperone ticket will be offered for every 10 paid student seats. We recommend that children under the age of three do not attend Concerts for Schools. All attendees, excluding complimentary chaperone seats, need to have a paid ticket regardless of age.
An MSO Teacher Resource Guide is provided for each concert. Guides include information about the music and composers, as well as a suggested lesson plan and student activities. Guides also include instructions on how to access the Naxos Online Music Library for the MSO Audio Guides. Lesson plans are specifically written to support Wisconsin’s Academic Content and Performance standards in music, language arts, and other subject areas.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra was recently informed that the Concerts for Schools Chaperone Guide was not compliant with WI State Statute 253.16, which states:
“A mother may breast-feed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be. In such a location, no person may prohibit a mother from breast-feeding her child, direct a mother to move to a different location to breast-feed her child, direct a mother to cover her child or breast while breast-feeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breast-feeding her child as provided in this section.”
The Chaperone Guide has since been updated, and we are retraining our staff and volunteers in accordance with state law. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra sincerely regrets this oversight and any offense it may have caused.
Browse additional recommended online and print resources to aid in concert preparation and to introduce students to the orchestra.
Concerts for Schools is funded by the Herzfeld Foundation, and the Irene Edelstein Memorial Fund as administered by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. All MSO education programs are supported in part by an endowment from the Hearst Foundations. The MSO is a member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) and is supported by a direct contribution from the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust. Concerts for Schools is also supported in part by grants from the Milwaukee Arts Board (MAB) and the Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).