The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been a longtime arts partner and provider of unique and innovative music education programming for Chicago Public Schools.

Partnerships for Chicago Public Schools

The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a lead partner with Chicago Public Schools and Ingenuity on the implementation of the CPS Arts Education Plan. In response to emerging needs within the district, the Institute offers partnership programs that support the music education of students and teachers in CPS.  More information about current programming is featured below, including information and resources from past partnerships.

CSO-Ignite

Initiated in 2015, CSO-Ignite is an in-depth residency program that offers the following resources to select schools: in-class instruction by teaching artists; in-school performances by CSO and Civic Orchestra chamber ensembles; and tickets and transportation to a CSO School Concert. Curriculum is developed in collaboration with the school, and is designed to meet student needs and fill gaps in the school’s music education curriculum. With the goal of sustaining and expanding music education in each partner school, additional planning time is devoted to the development of a strategic arts plan.

To learn more about the program, please visit cso.org/ignite.

CSO-Connect

Also initiated in 2015, CSO-Connect is a professional development program for CPS teachers from arts and non-arts classrooms focused on building leadership skills in the area of arts integration. Through participation in five workshops, teachers analyze school data to develop foci for an arts-integrated curriculum unit based on the years chosen theme and collaborate with peers within their school to deliver high quality instruction. Participating schools are provided access to the exceptional artistry of CSO and Civic musicians through in-school chamber ensemble performances and attendance at a CSO School Concert.

To learn more about the program, please visit cso.org/connect.

Past Partnerships

The Music Activity Partnership, a long-standing program offered from 1998-2015, engaged 189 teachers from 47 Chicago Public Schools. The MAP program provided a variety of resources to participating schools, including in-class visits by teaching artists, professional development opportunities for teachers to promote arts integration in core classes, in-school performances by CSO and Civic Orchestra chamber ensembles, tickets and transportation to a CSO Youth Concert, and more.