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STUDENTS & TEACHERS

Whether you are a student or teacher we have something for you! Explore our options below.

Educational Concert Series Webcasts! 

The 2014-2015 season celebrates the launch of our groundbreaking worldwide webcast Live From Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition; enabling children everywhere to share a DSO concert experience with students in Metro Detroit. These performances are FREE and open to students worldwide!

Is your classroom interested in watching one of our webcasts on November 12 or May 14? If so, please click here to register!


Educational Concert Series

For more than 80 years, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Educational Concert Series (ECS) has introduced children across Southeast Michigan to classical music. The 2014-2015 season celebrates the launch of our groundbreaking worldwide webcast Live From Orchestra Hall: Classroom Edition; enabling children everywhere to share a DSO concert experience with students in Metro Detroit. Each concert within the series has been thematically designed with accompanying teacher resource tools available for those who purchase tickets for performances or register to watch webcasts.

All ECS concerts take place in historic Orchestra Hall, tickets are just $6 each for students, teachers, and chaperones!

The DSO's Educational Concert Series is presented by 

 

Upcoming Performances:

Project Trio

Thursday, February 5 @ 10:30 AM 

Get Tickets
For orders exceeding 10 tickets please call the Educational Concert Series Box Office Line at 313.576.5440.

Brooklyn based PROJECT Trio performs a high energy mix of traditional and original compositions alongside the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This performance is the first of its kind presented exclusively for middle school and high school students. For more information on PROJECT Trio and to see this group in action visit whatisproject.org.

Beethoven Lives Upstairs
Wednesday, March 11 @ 10:30 AM

Get Tickets
For orders exceeding 10 tickets please call the Educational Concert Series Box Office Line at 313.576.5440.

Experience the genius of Beethoven through the eyes of young Christoph; after the composer moves into the apartment above where he and his family live in Vienna. Over thirty excerpts of Beethoven's best-loved works underscore two actors performing a fully-staged play in combination with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, lights, sound, and period costumes. For more information on this product and to purchase teacher resources click here!

Musical Tales
Wednesday, May 13 @ 10:30 AM & 11:45 AM
Thursday, May 14 @ 10:30 AM & 11:45 AM   

Get Tickets
For orders exceeding 10 tickets please call the Educational Concert Series Box Office Line at 313.576.5440.

Throughout time stories have been constanty reinterpreted in different artistic mediums. This program brings to life musical interpretations of stories from literature, the screen, and stage. Curriculum connections include ties to English and language arts. Free teacher resource tools will be available in the fall.

DSO Musicians "On The Road"

Have you ever wanted to have a DSO musician visit your school or classroom? DSO musicians do a variety of work in elementary, middle, and high schools each year including; solo and chamber ensemble performances, master classes, lecture demonstrations, sectionals, side by sides, and large ensemble coaching sessions.

For more information regarding pricing and mileage restrictions please call 313.576.5074 or send your request via email to Sheena Law (slaw@dso.org).

Soundcard

Soundcard is your all-access pass for students of all ages to the DSO, inspired by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. Click here to learn more!

CYE Middle School Honor Band

The DSO’s Middle School Honor Band is an opportunity for middle school-aged musicians to rehearse and perform with renowned directors in historic Orchestra Hall. In the course of one day, students work together to learn challenging Wind Ensemble repertoire alongside Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians, before performing the same evening for family, friends, Michigan band directors, and the public.

This season's Honor Band event will take place on March 16, 2015. In late November the DSO will receive nominations from band directors for student candidates to fill the ensemble roster. Nominated students are then contacted by the DSO in order to register for the program.

For directors:

CLICK HERE to download a PDF version of the nomination forms to get your students involved. You may email the form to civic@dso.org or mail to: DSO Civic Youth Ensembles, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.

For nominated students:

Registration begins on December 2014, once students have received their acceptance letters from the DSO. Registration forms and further instructions will be included with the acceptance letter. Once the DSO has received student's registration information and $60 fee, their place will be secured in the ensemble. Registration ends December 19, 2014 after which the cost of registration becomes $70. Late registration closes on January 16, 2015.

Inquiries regarding the program may be sent to civic@dso.org.

Educational Concert Series

For more than 80 years, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Educational Concert Series has introduced children across Southeast Michigan to classical music. The 2014-15 season features our first performance designed to specifically engage high school students.

All ECS concerts take place in historic Orchestra Hall, tickets are just $6 each for students, teachers, and chaperones!

The DSO's Educational Concert Series is presented by 

Upcoming Performances:

Project Trio
Thursday, February 5 @ 10:30 AM

GET TICKETS

Brooklyn based PROJECT Trio performs a high energy mix of traditional and original compositions alongside the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. For more information on PROJECT Trio and to see this group in action visit whatisproject.org.

Clinician Visits by CYE Faculty

The faculty of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles is comprised of professional conductors and musicians who excel at bringing studet ensembles to the next performance level. Hosting a guest clinician is an exciting way to give yourself and your students a fresh perspective from the prodium. The CYE faculty includes directors who specialize in orchestra, big band, band, chamber ensemble coaching, jazz combo coaching, and contemporary music. 

For more information regarding pricing and mileage restrictions please call 313.576.5074 or send your request via email to slaw@dso.org.

DSO Musician Classroom Visits

Have you ever wanted to have a DSO musician visit your school or classroom? DSO musicians do a variety of work with high school students including; solo and chamber ensemble performances, master classes, lecture demonstrations, sectionals, side by sides, and large ensemble coaching sessions.

For more information please call 313.576.5074 or send your request via email to slaw@dso.org.

Soundcard

Soundcard is your all-access pass for students of all ages to the DSO, inspired by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. Click here to learn more!

Friday Morning Webcast Series

Each year the DSO presents a series of free Friday morning webcasts live from Orchestra Hall! Make the webcast part of your classroom by going to dso.org/live during the scheduled performanes listed below. Send an email to slaw@dso.org to let us know you will be watching and receive live recognition during the webcast!

Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff: Friday, October 24 @ 10:45 AM
Gershwin in Paris: Friday, November 21 @ 10:45 AM
Pictures at an Exhibition: Friday, December 5 @ 10"45 AM
Exotic Adventures: Friday, April 17 @ 10:45 AM
Midori & Mahler's First: Friday, May 22 @ 10:45 AM

Open Rehearsals

Give your students a behind the scenes opportunity to see the Detroit Symphony Orchestra rehearse with world renowned conductors and soloists in historic Orchestra Hall. This intimate setting is most beneficial for mature high school and college age musicians.

Upcoming Open Rehearsals:

Sibelius and Grieg
Thursday, March 19 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM

Bruckner's Fourth
Friday, April 24 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM

Midori and Mahler's First
Thursday, May 21 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM

To make a reservation, please contact Sheena Law at 313.576.5074 or send your request via email to slaw@dso.org.

Soundcard

Soundcard is your all-access pass for students of all ages to the DSO, inspired by Leonard Slatkin. Click here to learn more!

Open Rehearsals

Give your students a behind the scenes opportunity to see the Detroit Symphony Orchestra rehearse with world renowned conductors and soloists in historic Orchestra Hall. This intimate setting is most beneficial for mature high school and college age musicians.

Upcoming Open Rehearsals:

Sibelius and Grieg
Thursday, March 19 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM

Bruckner's Fourth
Friday, April 24 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM

Midori and Mahler's First
Thursday, May 21 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM

To make a reservation, please contact Sheena Law at 313.576.5074 or send your request via email to slaw@dso.org.

Teaching Artist Mentor Program

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles (CYE) Mentor position is an artist-teacher position within the Civic Youth Ensembles program. Designed for university students and recent graduates pursuing careers in music, qualified candidates will demonstrate artistry as a performer as well as a commitment toward musical character and education.

Through performing, rehearsing, and teaching with CYE, as well as performing additional services for the DSO, Mentors will provide an individualized level of attention to CYE members, supplementing the instruction provided by CYE's artistic staff. Consistent contact and interaction with students is proven to be an integral component of student learning; the Mentor seeks to provide this sense of stability through presence in rehearsals, master classes, and other instructional scenarios. They act as models in the areas of orchestral etiquette, ensemble playing, and instrumental pedagogy. Dedicated to the growth of each student as a whole, mentors are available to provide guidance in each student's professional and personal endeavors. 

Mentors also benefit through their interaction with CYE's artistic staff and musicians of the DSO. By working with our various conductors, Mentors gain valuable insight into the flexibility that is required to be an orchestral musician. Through consistent contact with the musicians of the DSO, Mentors are able to learn more about their craft as they seek employment or advanced studies in music, allowing our organization to play a part in their continued education. In this way, the DSO contributes to the education of the Mentors as well as the students, inviting them into our community and contributing to the education of a new generation of musicians.

For more information regarding the Teaching Artist Mentor Program and Auditions please contact Abbey Springer by phone at 313.576.5167 or email at aspringer@dso.org.

Great Lakes Pedagogy and Performance Symposium

Great Lakes Pedagogy and Performance Symposium is a professional development opportunity that will take place over three days during the summer of 2015. Attendees can elect to attend all three days, single day, or two day options. The core of each day will include rehearsals and performance work with DSO musicians. The designated repertoire for each day will focus on a key topic useful for music educators.

Day One: Focus on conducting issues including working with aleatoric music, mixed and changing meter, and interpretation and style. An additional lecture course will focus on the mechanics of conducting gestures and consider pattern shapes, hinge use, micro- and macro- conductoring, and left hand independence.

Day Two: Focus on specific pedagogy issues including large and small group instruction, depth versus breadth instruction models, and teaching for transfer. Additionally a lecture course will focus on creating comprehensive musicianship lessons and developing rehearsal plans.

Day Three: Focus on repertoire and exploring a diverse body of music from a wide range of difficulty, genre, and style. A lecture course will focus on programming cycles, developmental repertoire planning, and repertoire resources.

For registration information please call 810.923.2333 or email slaw@dso.org.