Teacher Resources

A teacher with her students in the classroom

The San Francisco Symphony supports educators! Here are some links to information and materials which teachers can use to keep symphonic music alive in the classroom.


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.


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

Tips from the Conductor

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

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.


Ron Gallman
Director, Education

Calling All Kids!

Come have fun with music at 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.