How to Prepare for Concerts

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 2015-16 season will receive a paper copy of the Study Guide, along with a CD of the concert repertoire, in October 2015. We aim to provide one per class or group attending the concert. For additional copies,  please contact us at

Docent and Teacher Workshop

The Docent and Teacher Workshop for the 2015-16 season will be held on October 3rd, 2015. More information will be available this fall! If you have any inquiries regarding the Docent and Teacher Workshop, please email

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 student's 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.

Additional Resources

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July 20


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

Phone: (415) 864-6000
Fax: (415) 554-0108

Method of Payment:
The San Francisco Symphony accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and personal checks. 

To request a brochure (available in September), or for more information, contact us at