NJSO Academy

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

Youth Orchestras

The NJSO Youth Orchestras give qualified middle- and high-school students—especially African-American and Latino youth in the Greater Newark area—unparalleled opportunities to achieve personal and musical excellence for as many as 18 weeks with NJSO musicians.

Music Advancement For Newark Area Youth (MANY)

A partnership designed to provide students in the Newark area with high-quality instrumental music instruction.


Through the NJSO Coach-in-Residence Program, the Orchestra offers customized, multi-week small-group coaching for instrumental music students in grades 3–12. Building on the best practices and 14-year foundation of its flagship NJSO Early Strings Program, the Orchestra fosters unique partnerships with schools and districts to provide regular coaching sessions by NJSO musicians in residence, supplementing instrumental music teachers’ weekly in-school instruction.

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 and the National Core Arts standards—designed and performed by NJSO musicians.

Preschool Program

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