Inside the Orchestra for Schools

For the 2020-21 School Year, Inside the Orchestra has taken school programming virtual.

Find the right program and resource for you. Questions? Contact us at info@insidetheorchestra.org.

Virtual Concerts and Virtual Field Trip Options

Free Resources

We’re also creating consistent free online content to engage kids with music and art at school and home. From at-home and online musical games to curated playlists; full activity guides on a variety of themes and subjects to educational and fun videos to teach kids about the world of music and performing arts.

Explore all there is to offer. You can search by age of the child, type of activity, and find the perfect activity for you and your students to engage with remotely and when you’re back in the classroom.

Find What You Need

Teacher Resource Packet

This packet is full of curated activities perfect for teachers to share with students for at-home or in-classroom learning.

In-Person School Programming

Not currently available. Check back as health guidelines change.

Inside the Orchestra for Schools is an interactive 50-minute program geared toward students in K-8th grade. We offer the program in English and Bilingual formats. Click the + on the right to learn more.

We take a 14-16 piece professional orchestra into schools and perform in auditoriums, gymnasiums, and cafeterias. As in all of our programs, the audience is seated on the floor and surrounded by professional musicians. The conductor faces the students and engages them throughout the performance, asking questions and teaching them about the music as it is playing around them. Students are treated to up-close-and-personal demos by the strings, woodwinds, horns and percussion. Scripting is designed to not only introduce musical concepts but to tie to curriculum that children are studying in other subjects. We take the school program to Arapahoe, Douglas, Denver, Adams, Jefferson, Boulder, Summit, and Lake Counties.

Both the repertoire and approach to learning that Inside the Orchestra maintains are designed to support and enhance the school curricula. The conductor introduces key elements of symphonic music such as transitions, orchestral “color”, and identifying the emotional quality of different types of music. Music teachers who are proficient with their instruments are invited to sit in with our professional orchestra. In addition, one child is given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to conduct the orchestra. By doing so, the student and audience quickly learn the cause and effect between conductor and musician.

The school program is underwritten to serve schools with the highest need. It is not possible without support from foundations, corporations, and especially individual donors.

Contact us to get your school on the list or with any additional questions.


We are sincerely grateful for getting this program, especially free of cost! The students were consistently engaged, and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to see and hear all aspects of an orchestra. The conductor did a wonderful job keeping the show moving, and there was a perfect amount of dialog to music ratio. Thank you so much for reaching out to me and working within our schedule! It was a wonderful experience for all.

Teacher, Park Lane Elementary, spring 2014

The students really enjoyed the different instruments and the adults also enjoyed how it tied into the curriculum. It was just overall a wonderful performance. We just had the ‘Inside the Conductor’s Head’ this morning and it was also greatly received. Again, thank you so much for having the program come and visit our school this year.

Teacher, Gust Elementary

I would like to express my gratitude for your presentation of Inside the Orchestra. I have been teaching for a decade, and this morning’s performance was absolutely one of the most stunning assemblies I have seen. Engaging kids and presenting high-level information at their level is just as much of a craft as playing any of the instruments we heard this morning, and your talent in this area is evident. Having some of the most recognizable operas and symphonies presented in short bits was also an excellent choice – a great amount of exposure in a relatively little amount of time.

Ben Lausten, 3rd Grade Teacher

Thank you to our School Program Sponsors

Denver Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries