How to Prepare for Concerts

Children watch a concert at Davies Symphony Hall.

Preparing Your Students

The San Francisco Symphony provides free resources and materials for educators to prepare school-age children for what will be, for many, their first visit to a live orchestra concert. Students who benefit most from the concert experience have had an opportunity to discuss and listen to the music prior to the concert.

Concerts for Kids Study Guide

The Concerts for Kids Study Guide provides educators with the information they need to prepare students for their upcoming concert at Davies Symphony Hall. Inside, you will find information on the San Francisco Symphony and Davies Symphony Hall, drawings of instruments suitable for duplicating and distributing to the class, background on the music and composers being presented, and a list of suggested activities. The person who purchases tickets for your group for the 2017-18 season will receive a paper copy of the Study Guide, along with a CD of the concert repertoire, in October 2017. We aim to provide one per class or group attending the concert. If you have any questions regarding the Concert for Kids Study Guide, please contact us at

Docent and Teacher Workshop

The Docent and Teacher Workshop for the 2017-18 season will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Request a Docent Visit at Your School

The San Francisco Symphony provides free in-school visits by a volunteer to prepare students for their upcoming Concerts for Kids performances. Presentations by our trained docents are designed to increase your students' understanding of the symphony orchestra, introduce them to the pieces they will be hearing, and provide a foundation of musical knowledge for their upcoming concert.

Special Needs Form

If anyone in your party has special needs, please complete this form so we can provide all patrons with the best experience possible:

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Concerts for Kids
San Francisco Symphony
Davies Symphony Hall
San Francisco CA, 94102

Phone: 415-864-6000
Fax: 415-554-0108

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