The Phoenix Symphony Launches Groundbreaking Education Initiative

Symphony will train teachers to integrate music with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

    PHOENIX – Mind Over Music is a new initiative created by The Phoenix Symphony which trains teachers to integrate music into STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts, the first symphony program of its kind in the nation. By learning through music, students will be provided new, creative ways to learn science and math concepts.

    Through Mind Over Music, The Phoenix Symphony is taking a leadership role in strengthening music education in Arizona schools, establishing the power of music as an effective instructional tool for learning STEM concepts, and investing in rigorous scientific evaluation to provide data for stakeholders, policymakers and the general public documenting the importance of music as a needed and prominent component of the core curriculum. As support for music education decreases in Arizona, particularly in high poverty districts, Mind Over Music fills an important need and demonstrates the importance of music as a vital component of the core curriculum.

    “I am very proud of the growth that our Education and Community Engagement department has made. As an organization, we are dedicated to the support and advancement of music education and as the largest arts organization in Arizona, it is our responsibility to help supplement music education, not just in schools, but for everyone in this state” says Jim Ward, President & CEO of The Phoenix Symphony.

In addition to Mind over Music, these are just some of the ways The Phoenix Symphony is serving Arizona:

Each year, The Phoenix Symphony impacts:

  • 65,000 youth in 290 schools in 40 districts and 35 cities statewide through our K-12 school programs.
  • 18,000 senior citizens through adult learning programs.
  • 22,000 parents and children through fun-filled Saturday afternoon Family concerts.

Symphony for the Schools

This signature program of The Phoenix Symphony provides opportunities for K-8 public and private schools, as well as home-school students, to attend a world-class concert at Symphony Hall. Designed using the Arizona Academic Content Standards, this program serves more students than any other arts organization in Arizona.

Bach-In-Roll Assemblies and Classroom Concerts

Schools can bring The Phoenix Symphony to their campuses with our two touring programs, Bach-In-Roll Assemblies and Classroom Concerts. These programs enrich music education in Arizona’s schools by connecting students to music through literacy, math, and science.

One Nation

For more than 11 years, One Nation has engaged at-risk youth of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community through a year-long residency program that offers private and group music lessons, performances and other activities designed to complement the existing music curriculum at the community’s high school and elementary school.

Abraze la Musica (Embrace the Music)

This partnership with Rosie’s House Music Academy, a non-profit tuition free academy for at risk, inner city youth between the ages of 5 to 18, provides inspirational visits by musicians and guest artists, and enables students to attend concerts at Symphony Hall.

Symphony Connections

A Partnership with Maricopa Community College District, Symphony Connections provides an introduction to classical music and orchestral repertoire to undergraduate students, continuing education students, and the general public.

Student & Educator Tickets

  • Educator Club: The Phoenix Symphony’s Educator Club entitles the bearer to purchase tickets to any Classics, Pops or Family concert at 50% off single ticket admission price. Limit two tickets per Club member per concert.
  • Student Access Ticket Program: Chaperoned middle and high school student groups of 10 or more can experience the thrill of Phoenix Symphony Classics Concerts at Symphony Hall for just $6.50 per ticket.

The mission of The Phoenix Symphony is to provide the joy of music as a catalyst in helping Arizona become the best place in America to work and live.

  • Programs for schools educate and strengthen our next generation resulting in a creative workforce, through initiatives like Symphony for the Schools and our Classroom Concerts Series.
  • Programs for adults feed the souls of our audience through high quality music experiences both on and beyond the stage, such as our “Musically Speaking” pre-concert conversations.
  • Programs for families foster a shared sense of community around the joy of music with our Family Concert Series and pre-concert activities that are fun for the whole family.

We hope you consider making a Phoenix Symphony concert part of your musical adventures! For more information, please call our Education Office at 602-495-1117 x 470, email education@phoenixsymphony.org.

    For more information about The Phoenix Symphony visit www.phoenixsymphony.org.
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