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.
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.
In addition to our printed materials, the newly launched Orchestra Explorers website features The Firebird curriculum and additional resources. Learn more and request access at orchestraexplorers.org.

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Orchestra Explorers Classroom Materials

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