Elementary School Programs

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra offers a wealth of thrilling musical experiences for elementary school students, from concerts and tours at historic Powell Hall to in-school visits and the annual music interpretation contest, Picture the Music. Begun in 1921, the SLSO has performed for students for nearly 100 years.


School Bus  Education Concert  Student watching a concert

Education Concerts

These fun events introduce elementary and middle school students to their musical potential through the excitement of a live orchestra performance! These 45-minute concert experiences, created around engaging themes, inspire students to get involved and stay involved in music programs and align with both Missouri and Illinois learning standards. 

Subsidized tickets and transportation assistance are available for qualifying schools.

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Link Up Professional Development Workshop    

Link Up

Music teachers: if you’re teaching recorder, singing, or beginning violin, this is a must! Link Up is a hands-on music curriculum for students in grades 3–5 that explores orchestral repertoire in the music classroom. The program culminates in an interactive education concert at Powell Hall where students play, sing and dance along with the SLSO. 

Subsidized tickets and transportation assistance are available for qualifying schools.

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Picture the Music Art Display  Picture the Music Winners  

Picture the Music

This free cross-curricular art competition invites students in grades K-6 to discover a musical selection and respond with drawings or paintings that express creative thought inspired by their understanding of the music. Sponsored by the Symphony Volunteer Association.

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Additional Resources

Check out more resources for teachers across all grade levels, including lessons plans, concert experiences, and more.

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At-Home Resources

Check out more resources and activities for at-home learning for your students and their families.

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