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Pre-School & Elementary Programs

At the KSO, we believe that music enhances even the youngest lives! That's why we offer programs for children from Pre-School to Elementary age. To request a program at your school or receive more information, fill out our program inquiry form.

Stimulating Musical Imagination Programs

For Very Young Children

M&Ms: Music & Make Believe / Musical Storybooks

Pre-Schoolers join our String Quartet in local libraries and community venues for stories, activities and great music.

Family Discovery Concerts

Children and families watch KSO's Berlioz the Bear performance

Ideal for children and their families, these Sunday afternoon concerts at Chenery Auditorium combine great orchestra music with fun theatrical elements. Young subscribers, ages 4-12, can join "Barry's Buddies," and everyone is invited to visit the Instrument Petting Zoo before the Family Discovery concert.

Exploring Live Music

For Elementary Students

Youth Concerts

These school-day concerts, attended annually by 13,000 students from 90 schools, explore masterworks of music in thematic concerts. Students learn about the music in advance using CD's and curriculum materials designed by area music teachers.

Instrument Petting Zoo

Children handle and play many instruments of the orchestra through this nationally award-winning, hands-on traveling exhibit.

Music on the Move

KSO string, wind, brass, and percussion ensembles take to the road to bring music into over 75 schools in Kalamazoo and surrounding counties.

Musical Connections

KSO musicians visit classrooms to introduce themselves, their instruments, and give students an "up-close" connection with great music.

Lessons with Artists-in-Residence at Crescendo Academy of Music

KSO partners with Crescendo Academy of Music to offer intermediate and advanced-level private study with KSO Artists in Residence on clarinet, oboe, horn, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. Visit CrescendoAcademy.com or call (269) 345-6664 for availability and scheduling.

Building Creative Connections

KSO Partner Schools

Classroom, art, and music experiences are linked in a sequence designed to build creative learning connections. Up to ten area schools have the opportunity to partner with KSO for this program. Current KSO Partners are: S.T.E.M. Acadamey, KPS Woods Lake: A Magnet Center for the Arts, Lawton Elementary, Kalamazoo Christian Elementary, Kalamazoo Country Day School, and M.L. King Westwood Elementary. Click here for more information on the program and how to apply.

Developing Advanced Performance Skills

Youth Soloists in Concert

Advanced student performers audition for the opportunity to perform as soloists with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra during our Family Discovery Concert Series. This year, one winner will perform on Sunday December 7, 2014 with the orchestra, providing an opportunity for a young developed performer to take the stage at a public performance with the KSO. For an application and more information, please click here.

Sharing Unique Expertise

For All Ages

Partner Projects

Each year the KSO partners with other area educational and community groups, such as Education for the Arts, Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Gazette, and area schools, to undertake special projects. Projects vary from year to year, and can include elementary to adult audiences.

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