Teacher Resources

The San Francisco Symphony salutes educators!  Here’s where you will  find links to information and materials which teachers can use to keep symphonic music alive in the classroom.

Websites

Keeping Score website

Explore some of the masterworks of classical music, with SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas as your guide.  This website was created to accompany the Keeping Score television series broadcast on PBS. Teachers will find useful information and ideas to present to their students.

Keeping Score lesson plans

Teachers in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma have contributed interdisciplinary lesson plans which explore subjects such as reading, math, social studies, and science through the lens of classical music.

SFSKids.org

This is the premier online destination for kids to learn about music and the symphony orchestra.  Geared for ages 8-13, SFSKids.org is suitable not only for kids, but also for parents, families, and schools.

Other Resources

How to Listen Podcast – A Message from the Conductor

SFS Resident Conductor Donato Cabrera talks about ways for children to listen to symphonic music, and the role the conductor plays.

When You Arrive at Davies Symphony Hall (PDF)

Learn about the logistics of bringing your students to Davies Symphony Hall. 

Concerts for Kids Study Guide 2014-15 (PDF)

Available for the first time electronically, 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. Every ticket buyer will receive a paper copy of the Study Guide, along with a CD of the concert repertoire.

Concerts for Kids Logistical Guidelines 2014-15 (PDF)
National Standards in Music (PDF)

Music is a nationally mandated “core curriculum” subject.  This document outlines nine broad areas of music learning which should be a part of every child’s education.

California State Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Content Standards in Music (PDF)

Music education goals for the state of California are summarized in this document.

MORE INFORMATION

Ron Gallman
Director, Education
(415) 503-5400
rgallman@sfsymphony.org

Calling All Kids!

Come have fun with music at the newly redesigned SFSKids.org, the Symphony's website for families to learn about music. 

Watch MTT's TED Talk

Music and emotion through time. 

Michael Tilson Thomas traces classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix.