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KSO in the Schools

bring the orchestra into your classroom!

FOR ELEMENTARY GRADES

Meet the Musicians

 

Two professional musicians from the KSO visit classrooms to play for and talk with students in Knox County Schools who are attending KSO Young People's Concerts.

  • Live performance and informal chat about the musicians' own instruments and musical backgrounds
  • September and October each year, prior to KSO Young People's Concerts

Click here to Meet the Musicians

Classroom Quartet

The KSO Classroom Quartet offers elementary students an "up-close and personal" concert and workshop experience. This program may be requested by any elementary school, including those attending KSO Young People's Concerts and those who are unable to attend.  

  • Informal performances by small ensembles from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
  • Presentations designed for young audiences new to classical music: general introduction to orchestral instruments and symphonic music
  • Interactive elements to engage students beyond passive listening
  • Q & A with musicians about their own instruments and musical backgrounds
  • Available November through May each year
  • Serving both public and private schools in Knox County and surrounding East Tennessee counties (Anderson, Blount, Greene, Jefferson, Loudon, McMinn and Sevier.

Knox County Schools - (sponsored by the Arts and Heritage Fund, City of Knoxville Community Agency Grant and the Tennessee Arts Commission)

Blount County & Maryville City Schools

Sevier County Schools - Boyds Creek School and The Kings Academy (sponsored by Linda Pierce)

Musical Story Time for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students

 

KSO string quartet and narrator combine children's literature with classical selections, sound effects, and hands-on learning for young students.

  • 2017-2018 program is Build a Better World
  • Available November through May each year
  • Books featured include: Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Music excerpts: coming soon!

Knox County Schools - The Musical Story Time program is full for 2017-2018.  Please check back in August, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. (sponsored by the Arts and Heritage Fund, City of Knoxville Community Agency Grant, and the Tennessee Arts Commission)

For more information about programs for elementary schools, please contact the Director of Education and Community Partnerships

FOR middle and high school grades

The KSO offers small ensemble presentations for band or orchestra students:

  • In the classroom, to give students a close-up experience with specific instruments, as well as a chance to interact with a professional musician
  • As a "Side-by-Side" experience, in which KSO musicians rehearse and perform with the school ensemble during a live concert

For more information about classroom or Side-by-Side programs for middle and high school bands or orchestras, 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 University to provide master classes for students. 

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