Opportunities for Educators & Students

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.

The Star-Ledger/nj.com Class Pass

An affordable discount-ticket program with lots of options and flexibility, just for students.

School-Time Concerts

Field trips to a concert hall near you! With more than 60 years of experience creating interactive concerts for young audiences, the NJSO offers two different concert programs in five convenient venues during the school year.

School Assemblies

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.

Master Classes & Clinics

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).

Open Rehearsals

High-school and college music students learn how professional musicians prepare for a performance with a behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal process. Students will experience the creative “dance” between conductor and orchestra—the critical process behind the final concert product.

Youth Orchestras

The NJSO’s youth-orchestra program gives 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.

NJSO Early Strings Program

Through the NJSO Early Strings 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, Music and Achievement 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.

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