How to Prepare for Concerts

Preparing Students for a Visit

The San Francisco Symphony provides a number of free resources and materials for parents, volunteers and teachers 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 are those who are given a presentation and have discussed and listened to the music prior to the concert.

Concerts for Kids Study Guide 2013-14

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. The person who purchases tickets for your group will receive a paper copy of the Study Guide, along with a CD of the concert repertoire, in February. We aim to provide one per class or group attending the concert. For additional copies, please contact us at cfk@sfsymphony.org.

Additional Resources

Docent Training Workshop

A free Docent Training Workshop is offered each season for teachers, parents, and school volunteers who share a common enthusiasm for music and who want to learn how to best prepare students for a Concerts for Kids program.  It is designed for those who want to visit classrooms in advance of the concerts, or for teachers who wish to make presentations at their own school.

The Workshop consists of:

  • a meeting with the conductor, who provides insight into the concert program,
  • a teacher’s guide designed to be used in the classroom,
  • teaching methods and presentations techniques, and
  • a question-and-answer session.

Workshops are held in the Zellerbach Rehearsal Wing of Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

Docent Training Workshops

Docent Training Workshop Registration Form PDF

Preparing for Children's Concerts, Kindergarten through Grade 3
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 8:30am-noon
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 8:30am-noon
Concerts: January 21, May 5, 6, 7 and 9

Preparing for Youth Concerts, Grades 4 through 9
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 8:30am-noon
Concerts: April 29, May 1 and 2


Request a Docent Visit at Your School

If your class will be attending a Concerts for Kids performance and have purchased tickets, you are eligible for an Education Docent to make a free presentation in your classroom.

  • A few weeks prior to your concert date, the docent will contact you or the person you designate to make an appointment
  • Docent Visit Request Form PDF

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

Fax: (415) 554-0108

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