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Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources

The Philadelphia Orchestra offers an array of resources to serve teachers planning to bring groups to one of our School Concerts.

Link Up

The Philadelphia Orchestra tailors its School Concerts to align with the interactive and engaging Link Up curriculum, developed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. This curriculum places a strong emphasis on student participation: the students learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and then perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra from their seats at a culminating School Concert in Verizon Hall.

For the 2018-19 season, The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Link Up: The Orchestra Sings. Carnegie Hall provides each teacher who brings a group to a School Concert with printed curriculum materials that will be mailed upon registration, digital resources, and optional student workbooks. 

Teacher Workshops

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s free workshops prime teachers for the optimal experience in preparing students for School Concerts. At a workshop, teachers can deepen their understanding of the music to be performed at the concert, become acquainted with best practices for implementing the Link Up curriculum, and explore techniques for arts-integrated instruction more broadly.

Planning Your Visit 

Forms and Helpful Information

SDP Class Trip Request Form
SDP Parental Permission Form
Certificate of Liability Form
Guide to Audience Behavior
Inclement Weather Policy
Directions to the Kimmel Center and Kimmel Center Parking
Group Leader Instructions 

Docent Program

Enhance the quality of your School Concert experience with a free classroom visit from an Orchestra docent. These knowledgeable volunteers help prepare students for the concert with a presentation designed to increase their knowledge and understanding of the music, musicians, and the concert hall.

Docent visits are free of charge and available to school groups who purchase 25 tickets or more. Request a docent presentation when ordering your tickets or by sending an e-mail to school_concerts@philorch.org.

PLEASE NOTE: Docent requests made less than four weeks before your scheduled concert may not be able to be accommodated.

Past Curriculum Guides

View the 2015-16 Philadelphia Orchestra School Concert Curriculum Guide, Inside the Music

View the Pennsylvania academic standards achieved through Inside the Music lessons. 

View the National Core Music Standards, for grades K-8. To learn more about the National Core Arts Standards, visit www.nationalartsstandards.org.

View the Past Curriculum Guides

Recommended Websites

The Philadelphia Orchestra Collaborative Learning department recommends the following websites that support arts education in the classroom.

Orchestras Online

     The Philadelphia Orchestra

     New York Philharmonic Kidszone

     Carnegie Hall Online Resource Center

     Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids
     San Francisco Kids

Teaching and Learning Materials

     Arts Alive.ca Music
     Verizon Thinkfinity