School-Time Concerts for Young People
Field trips to a concert hall near you!
As many as 15,000 elementary- and middle-school students and teachers across the Garden State annually enjoy the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts for Young People (CYP). These standards-based orchestral programs are specifically designed to spark the imagination and enhance student learning. With nearly 70 years of experience creating interactive concerts for young audiences, the NJSO offers different concert programs in a number of convenient venues each season. To ensure that students get the most out of the concert, the NJSO provides a Teacher’s Resource Book, consisting of leveled pre- and post-concert activities that address the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
NJSO Teacher's Resource Book
To ensure that your students get the most out of the concert, you will receive a printed copy of the NJSO Teacher’s Resource Book, consisting of leveled pre- and post-concert activities that address the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
Hard copies will be mailed with order confirmations.
In a playful and humorous manner, our version of Kipling’s The Jungle Book—featuring a string ensemble—introduces young audiences to classical master works and to various styles of music. Narration of the story alternates with brief musical interludes, and puppets and toy animals bring this program to vivid life! This program offers many opportunities for audience participation. Children may conduct the musicians, try out some of the world instruments (rainstick, drums, clackers) or get a dance lesson from a toy monkey.
Who doesn’t love a dance party? Whether you turn pirouettes, do some stepping or tap your way across the kitchen, there’s plenty of rhythm to get your feet moving. Let’s turn up the volume and dance to the sounds of Tchaikovsky, Bernstein and more!
JEFFREY GROGAN conductor
NEW BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA AND CONCERT BAND (May 24 concert only)
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
$8 per patron. Select the "Reserve Tickets" button below to place your reservation. If you have questions, please contact [email protected] or 973.735.1733.
2016–17 Season Available Dates and Times
Grades K–6—Spring 2017: Kipling’s The Jungle Book Chamber Music Program
Mon, Apr 3 at Michael T. Lake Performing Arts Center in Neptune
9:45 am & 11:30 am
Grades K–6—Spring 2017: Let’s Dance
Wed, May 24 at State Theatre in New Brunswick
Thu, May 25 at NJPAC—New date!
9:45 am & 11:30 am
Preschool—Spring 2017: Let’s Dance
Tue, May 23 at NJPAC
9:45 am (sold out) & 11:30 am
It was wonderful seeing [our students] so happy and engaged, listening attentively to classical music . . . We look forward to returning next season!
– Teacher, P.S. #24, Paterson, NJ
The NJSO is grateful to the following supporters of School-Time Concerts for Young People:
The Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation
Marjorie Bunnell Charitable Fund
Johnson & Johnson
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.