Learning with the WSO
Want to bring some classical to your classroom? The WSO has a variety of programs for different age groups! Education programming is a central focus for the WSO, because we know firsthand the amazing impact that music education has on students. From active listening to emotional regulation, from patterning to literacy, music has something to offer all your students. Concert programs are prepared to meet curriculum needs, and target priorities identified by local school boards. All of our concerts help your students develop their active listening skills, as well as learning about audience etiquette.
Click on Read more to find out about this year’s themes and dates for each program.
WSO Education Programs
Let us come to you!
For students in Kindergarten up to Grade 3, our chamber orchestra will come to your school for a two-concert program that will introduce students to the instruments and help them get to know classical music with themes that changes every year. No permission forms required! Ce programme est disponible en français. Read more…
Hit the road for a field trip!
For older grades, we cordially invite you to come to Windsor’s historic Capitol Theatre. Hear special concerts for Grades 4-6 and 7-12 where students will see Maestro Robert Franz and the full orchestra in the perfect setting. Le programme 4-6 est disponible en français. Read more…
Your school orchestra, band, or chorus works hard in its rehearsals. Help your students get to the next level by hosting a Maestro Visit. Maestro Robert Franz will attend one of your rehearsals and lead your students through a high-level workshop, helping them think about their music in new ways and exposing them to the practice methods of professional orchestras. Read more…
Learn along with us!
Every year, the WSO hosts two side-by-side workshops for high school bands and orchestras. High school students can sit with and learn from their professional counterpart. To qualify, your school must have hosted a Maestro Visit, and must attend an education concert at the Capitol Theatre on the day of their workshop. To enquire about side-by-side workshops, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How much do WSO Education programs cost?
The WSO strives to provide professional musical experiences for students at a price that is affordable and equitable. Our standard charge for an in-school concert is $650, and we charge $6.50 per student for field trips to the Capitol theatre. These charges include HST and help (but do not completely) cover the cost of paying musicians’ time, renting a vehicle to transport our equipment, maintaining the Capitol Theatre, and the time it takes for our staff to prepare sheet music, seating plans, and other important details.
It is important to us that all students in Windsor and Essex County have access to WSO Education programs. Let us work with you to find a price point that works for your budget! For information on discounts and compensatory rates, please email email@example.com.
How to register
Registration is easy! Click on “read more” for the program you’re interested in to find dates and costs, then email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll need to know what program you’re interested in, how many students you’re bringing and whether any of them have an accessibility need.