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Picture the Music

Where will the music lead your students’ imaginations? Picture the Music invites students in grades K-6 to discover an orchestral work and respond with paintings or drawings that express creative thought and emotion. This season, students explore the 4th movement of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

How to Participate

Whether your back to school is in-person, virtual, or blended, give your students the opportunity to experience Picture the Music. Participation in this cross-curricular program is free.

Wherever your classes are being held, explore the music and create artwork with your students. Then, submit student entries before the deadline. NEW this year, only the top 100 pieces of artwork must be submitted physically, all other artwork will be submitted online.

All entries must be submitted online by Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

Congratulations to the 2021 Picture the Music Finalists!

Thank you to all the teachers who participated in Picture the Music this year! This season, 48 schools and more than 6,000 students participated. 296 submissions were received, and from this group 100 finalists representing 36 schools were selected.

Maestro Winners
Grades K-3: Allie Grace Black | Grade 2, Freeburg Elementary School,The Best Band Ever
Grades 4-6: Georgia Edgerton | Grade 5, Ladue Fifth Grade Center, Florence's Symphony

To see a complete list of the Top 100 winners, click here. See all Top 100 pieces of artwork in the online gallery below.

Picture the Music Top 100 2021


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Picture the Music is presented by the St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association and sponsored by Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis.

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