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KSO in the Schools

In-School Programs

The In-School Program offers elementary students an "up close and personal" concert and workshop experience. Through informal performances by small ensembles from the KSO, the program serves young people in schools throughout the Knoxville area from September through May each year. The KSO has presented In-School programs in Anderson, Blount, Greene, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, and Sevier counties, as well as at other sites throughout the East Tennessee region. KSO ensembles have also traveled to schools in Southeastern Kentucky and Southwestern Virginia to present In-School programs.

These presentations are created for young audiences new to classical music. The KSO musicians go directly into school classrooms or auditoriums and perform brief, recognizable pieces of classical music. The performances are accompanied by a general introduction to orchestra instruments and symphony music, laying a firm foundation for music appreciation. The program includes an interactive element to engage students beyond their ability to listen quietly. The KSO performers also involve the kids in a lively discussion about the specific instruments of the visiting ensemble - the instruments' histories, basic playing concepts, and so on.

The In-School program is the cornerstone of the KSO's Music Education Program, an important first step and, for some students, the only experience in music appreciation. This program is a real "alternative" music experience for young people!

Sponsored by Arts and Heritage Fund, City of Knoxville Community Agency Grant, Knox County Community Development Grant, Enrichment Federal Credit Union (sponsors for the Knox County Pre-K story time program),Target, and the Tennessee Arts Commission.                                         Knox County In-School Request Form 

In-School Request Form for Private Schools and Home School Groups

Sponsored by Pellissippi State Community College
Blount County In-School Request Form

Sponsored by Linda Pierce

  • Boyds Creek Elementary School
  • The Kings Academy

For more information about In-School Concerts, please contact the Director of Education and Community Partnerships.


College-level Master Class Opportunities

The KSO partners with The University of Tennessee School of Music and Carson-Newman College to provide master classes for students. During their stays in Knoxville, KSO guest artists instruct performance students in their craft, creating once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for learning from master musicians.

For more information about master classes, please contact the Director of Education and Community Partnerships.