Orchestra Explorers


Teachers and Administrators

To request tickets for all CSO Education Concerts, please download, print and mail, email or fax our 2015/16 Ticket Order Form.

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If you have questions please or call the Education Box Office Hotline at 312-294-3076 for the latest information.

Teacher Workshops

To support the use of Orchestra Explorers, a series of free teacher workshops will be offered each school year that will provide an introduction to these curricula and present an overview of some of the music that is the centerpiece of this program. These workshops will feature curriculum modeling led by Chicago Symphony Orchestra teaching artists and opportunities to explore these resources with your colleagues.

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Orchestra Explorers® provides a variety of materials for kindergarten through third grade classrooms that introduce students to classical music and the extraordinary musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra while supporting teachers’ ongoing instruction in a variety of core academic areas.

Orchestra Explorers® resources include lesson plans, a recording of music performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and guided listening segments featuring musicians from the CSO, student worksheets, posters and online extended resources.

CSO musicians featured in the Orchestra Explorers materials demonstrate their instruments, help focus students’ listening on specific sections of music and encourage their interest in studying an instrument.

Music featured in the Orchestra Explorers materials appears on one or more of the annual Very Special Promenades concerts, offering students an opportunity to connect what they have experienced in their classrooms with the experience of hearing the CSO perform live at Symphony Center.

Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird is the inspiration for the first of four Orchestra Explorers curricula, including lessons and activities that help students develop listening skills, reflective response and creative expression.

The second set of Orchestra Explorers materials, featuring Beethoven's breathtaking Symphony No. 6, The Pastoral, includes lessons and activities that build on the skills and activities explored in The Firebird. The lessons and activities in these materials also explore musical connections to social science, nature, earth science and dance. The third set of Orchestra Explorers materials, featuring Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, fits developmentally between The Firebird and The Pastoral curricula. The lessons and activities in these materials focus on the “big ideas” of collaboration and “Simple Gifts,” while making musical connections with language arts, social science and dance.

Currently, only The Firebird materials are available.

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The Firebird flying away with the prince
By Eduardo

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The Firebird flying away with the prince
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Prince Ivan and the Firebird
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Prince Ivan and the Firebird
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Prince Ivan and the Firebird
By Juana

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Flight of the Firebird
By Edwin

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By Josah Adams

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Orchestra Explorers Classroom Materials

Orchestra Explorers® Classroom Materials

Click on the links below to download sample Orchestra Explorers classroom materials.

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Additional resources for teachers participating in the Orchestra Explorers program.

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