Education & Community

Education & Community


Young People's Concerts

These free concerts are the ideal educational experience in music. Engaging concerts geared toward specific grade levels (K-2, 3-4, 5-8 and 9-12) and we bring the concert to the classroom by offering comprehensive lesson plans to participating teachers.

Curb Open Dress Rehearsals

Take a look at what goes on behind the scenes at our Classical Series concerts.  Through this program, students in grades 3 and up can experience an entire dress rehearsal, or attend half the rehearsal, followed by a Q&A session with the concert's soloist.

Ensembles in the Schools

The Ensembles in the Schools program brings our Symphony musicians directly to your school. They design a series of engaging, informative program targeted to specific grade levels.

Youth Symphonies

We partner with all Youth Orchestras in Middle Tennessee by sending our musicians to work with them, contributing to their summer activities, providing performance opportunities before each of the Summer Festival Concerts at the Schermerhorn, and featuring each ensemble at our Regions Free Day of Music Festival.

Curb Concerto Competition

Open to standout music students between the ages of 14-18 who reside in Tennessee, our annual competition offers musicians the opportuunity to comete in four categories; strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. The competition is made possible by the generous contribution from the Mike Curb Family Foundation.

Is It A Fiddle or a Violin?

This unique program takes school groups on guided tours of both the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and presents a live performance and discussion with professional musicians comparing the fiddle and the violin. Register your school group for this program, held on select Wednesday mornings, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s website.

Community Engagement Programs
for the Public

We reach more than 100,000 people annually through our Community Engagement programs, which share the excitement of live music with people of all ages and backgrounds.

U.S. Trust OnStage at the Schermerhorn

The OnStage performance series is a free program that features musicians from the Symphony showcasing their amazing talents on the Laura Turner Hall stage. We “rotate” the performance and place the audience sit on the stage providing a delightful and mesmerizing program. 

Community Concerts

Throughout the year, the Nashville Symphony strives to create community, celebrate diversity, educate youth and inspire audiences through our free concert programs. We are proud to call Music City our home, and free community concerts are one way we can give back to the listeners that support us.

Teacher Resources

We offer a variety of resources for teachers. We offer curriculum that  pairs with each of our Young People's Concerts that adheres to state and local standards and is available for free as a PDF download or hardcopy by mail.

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Also Helpful for Nashville Teachers: Museum Advocates Curriculum Enhancement Guide