TSO serves the community with one of the largest education programs in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with curriculum-based programming.
Three weeks of each TSO concert season at Roy Thomson Hall are dedicated to performing curriculum-based orchestral concerts for students. Approximately 37,000 young students experience the TSO in performance every year. In consultation with Music Coordinators from the Boards of Education, TSO education staff design School Concerts to help teachers deliver the Ontario Music Curriculum at each level. The concerts are entertaining yet firmly based on educational concepts. Four different programs address the learning needs of Primary (Kindergarten to Grade 4), Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4 to 8), Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7 to 12), and French-language students.
Conductors for School Concerts are supported by the Gert Wharton Endowment Fund and an anonymous donor.
Teacher Resources for School Concerts
Free classroom resources such as Study Guides, podcasts, and recordings are available to help teachers use this experience to deliver the Ontario Music Curriculum. Download these free resources here.
Open Rehearsals—Morning with the TSO
Morning with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra invites small groups of high school music students to TSO rehearsals. The students listen and learn from professional musicians as they watch the Orchestra prepare for an upcoming performance.
The session begins with an informative talk by one of the dedicated Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee members. Seated in the choir loft around the Orchestra, students get a bird’s-eye view of the musicians, and a chance to watch their favourite section at work. Observing world-class guest artists perform with the TSO greatly enhances this educational opportunity.
During the rehearsal break, a TSO musician or guest artist speaks with the students, answering their many questions regarding the music, rehearsal techniques, and even life as a professional musician.
Morning with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is supported by the Rae and Perry Dellio Fund.
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