NJSO Academy

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra provides a wide range of music education and enrichment opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Introduce the young people in your life to the power of live music through one of our outstanding programs.

Youth Orchestras

The Youth Orchestras give qualified middle- and high-school students—especially minority youth—the opportunity to study for as many as 21 weeks with NJSO musicians and gain performance experience in an encouraging and motivating environment.


Through the Coach-in-Residence program, the Orchestra forges unique partnerships with schools and districts to provide modified Suzuki string instruction to second- through fourth-grade students, with documented evidence that it contributes to students’ increased capacity to stay on task and express themselves with confidence, as well as to their ability to excel on standardized math, science and literacy tests.

NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music PROJect)

NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project) is an intensive education program inspired by the Venezuelan social change and music education program El Sistema. NJSO CHAMPS seeks to develop students’ goal-directed behavior and skills to foster social and academic success, improving students’ self-esteem, academic achievement and lifelong character traits like perseverance and leadership.

Clinics & Masterclasses

Many of the musicians in the NJSO are seasoned educators who welcome the chance to collaborate with New Jersey music educators and to provide their students with supplemental coaching and mentoring. Offerings are customized for beginner to advanced young players of all ages (from elementary to college level).

In-School Performances

Give your students the opportunity to get up close and personal with their NJSO and make music-filled memories that will last a lifetime. They will enjoy an original program—that addresses the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards—designed and performed by NJSO musicians.

NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute

Four composers will participate in five days of intense compositional evaluations and consultations that will culminate in a live concert performance of the participants’ works. Apply today!

Preschool Program

The NJSO partners with the Newark Public School’s Office of Early Childhood Education to provide 3- 5-year-old preschoolers across the city’s network of preschool providers with a comprehensive, age-appropriate introduction to the magic of orchestral music.