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 National Core Arts Standards.

Hard copies will be mailed with order confirmations.


Apr 3 AT 11:00 AM

Kipling's The Jungle Book Chamber Music Program

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.

May 23 - May 25

Concerts for Young People: Let's Dance

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!



$8 per patron. Select the "Reserve Tickets" button below to place your reservation. If you have questions, please contact 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
11 am

Grades K–6—Spring 2017: Let’s Dance

Wed, May 24 at State Theatre in New Brunswick
11 am (sold out)

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 (sold out)


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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

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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
Merck Foundation
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Turrell Fund
Victoria Foundation
Wells Fargo

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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.