For Schools & Teachers

As the largest performing arts organization in Maine, the Portland Symphony Orchestra fulfills its mission to provide access to quality live performances for northern New England audiences regardless of socio-economic status or rural limitations.

The PSO offers a variety of programs, geared for students from pre-K through high school. Beyond entertaining and engaging, the focus of these experiences are educational, and each program is enhanced with our Teacher’s Materials featuring curriculum connections to State of Maine Learning Results and the National Common Core Arts Standards (NCCAS).

  • KinderKonzerts are suggested for ages 3-7 (grades K-3).
  • Youth Concerts are suggested for ages 8-12 (grades 4-5).
  • In-School Performances are suggested for middle and high school (grades 6-12).
  • Open Dress Rehearsals are suggested for students ages 12 and up.

Workshops

The PSO often teams up with community organizations to present up-close opportunities with visiting artists and guest composers.  Visiting artists share their insights and experience with students and adults. (grades 5-12 and college)

Check this site often for updated schedules of our guest artist workshops.  Classes are often arranged on short notice as artists become available, and details are subject to change pending the rehearsal and performance schedules of the musicians.

Musicians in the Classroom

String, woodwind, brass and percussion musicians bring their training and performance experience directly to the students through programs designed to enhance your school music program. These programs give students an opportunity to meet the musicians of the PSO, and see the instruments up close. Program prices vary according to the scope of your group’s needs, duration, and location. Contact education@portlandsymphony.org to arrange a visit for your school or group.

Meet the Maestro

When they’re not on the podium, Maestro Robert Moody and Assistant Conductor Norman Huynh can be found visiting schools, libraries, and community centers throughout New England to discuss music with students and adults of all ages.  Contact education@portlandsymphony.org to arrange a visit for your school or organization.


PSO Musical Explorers

PSO Musical Explorers is an arts integrated Elementary School program that brings musicians of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and educators together for the academic and social advancement of students through creative comprehension.

ARTS INTEGRATION PROGRAM

  • Twice-Monthly classroom lessons in a Portland Public School from PSO musicians using music to enhance literacy education
  • Preparation, participation and follow up by classroom teachers
  • Joint lesson planning with PSO staff, classroom teachers and school music teacher
  • Currently in the Kindergarten classroom (75 students) at the Reiche School with plans to grow the program each successive year up one grade until the program is active in Grades K-5
  • The long-term goal is to serve every student grades K-5 in every Portland Public School.

What population does PSO Musical Explorers serve?

  • The PSO Musical Explorers program was established in 2014 by the Portland Symphony as a vehicle to integrate classical music directly into the Portland Public School System. An application process to the program was opened to Portland Public Elementary Schools in 2013.
    • The Reiche School was chosen based partly on teacher desire and motivation to partner in the program’s success and also its need
      • 43% ELL
      • 69% Reduced School lunch -16% higher than district average)
  • PSO Musical Explorers serves the Reiche School Kindergarten class (75 students) with plans to grow the program each successive year up one grade until the program is active in Grades K-5.
  • The long-term goal is to serve every student grades K-5 in every Portland Public School.
  • The PSO Musical Explorers program was established in 2014 by the Portland Symphony as a vehicle to integrate classical music directly into the Portland Public School System.
  • This year, PSO Musical Explorers is serving more than 75 school children, 1 schools, 4 public school teachers and employing 2 PSO Professional Musicians.

What are the core components of PSO Musical Explorers?

PSO Musical Explorers consists of:

  • Arts integrated curriculum specifically designed for the classrooms that participate
  • Classroom materials for teachers and students including musical activities, instruments, props and other educational materials
  • Professional development for teachers
  • On-going evaluation and assessment by teachers, PSO staff/musicians and third party consultants.

How does PSO Musical Explorers work?

  • Specially designed curriculum: PSO staff and musicians meet with educators in the late summer to plan out full year curriculum including musical lessons designed to meet the curricular needs of the public school educators.
  • Classroom Lessons led by professional PSO musicians: Each student experiences a live lesson led by a PSO musician twice monthly during a 30-minute lesson.
  • Classroom materials for teachers and students: Materials and resources are provided to assist teachers in implementing PSO Musical Explorers in the classroom. These materials may include simple instruments, digital music, other resources, including follow-up material such as worksheets and coloring pages.
  • Ongoing evaluation and assessment: Teachers fill out brief feedback surveys for each lesson. All those involved with the program have an annual end of school year wrap-up session to assess and plan for the following year. The PSO Musical Explorers program is not only loved by educators but by PSO musicians as well. The program aims to build valuable and lasting relationships between educators and the PSO musicians that live and work in their community.
  • Honor Achievement: In 2015, the PSO Musical Explorers team was awarded the Yale Distinguished Music Educators award for their work at the Reiche School. PSO musicians and staff and the first class of Kindergarten teachers at Reiche visited Yale during the Music in Schools Symposium to receive this award.

 

 
 
Thank you to our Season sponsor the Maine Arts Commission, POPS! Series Sponsor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Official Hotel, Holiday Inn by the Bay, and Education Partner, IDEXX.
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