For Educators

For Educators

Majors for Minors


Majors for Minors is an exciting way for educators to bring live music to their classrooms and school through an up close and personal interaction with our professional musicians. These hour-long programs can be linked to support any grade music curriculum and align with many of the Florida Department of Education Music Standards. The scope of the program can be customized to each school and may include a single musician to a small chamber orchestra.

Astralis Ensemble

Interactions with String, Brass, and Woodwind solos and ensembles familiarize students with different families of instruments, the various musical style periods (Baroque, Classical, etc.) and characteristics of each period, as well as introduce an array of musical concepts such as syncopation, tempo and dissonance. Various programs such as “Dance Music Through the Centuries” and include works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Joplin, and Gershwin among others.

Information about the program and educational materials will be sent to each school prior to the ensemble’s visit. The visit consists of a 15-minute introduction to the instruments with a question & answer segment. This will be followed by the 45-minute ensemble program for the entire group of students. A post-performance reflection and assessment survey will be sent to each participating school following the program.

Our 2018 Majors for Minors series features the Astralis Ensemble.

If you are interested in having this group perform at your school, please contact  239-418-0996.


YPC 2018

The Young People’s Concerts are given to fifth grade public, private, charter and home school students of Lee County as an integral part of the Symphony’s education outreach. The concerts are supplemented with a curriculum given to the fifth grade music teachers as preparatory instruction. In 2016 the Southwest Florida Symphony presented the program “Bach to the Future” for 2,300 students and in 2017 the program was Peter and the Wolf, both times under the direction of Dr. David Cole. In 2018 the concert was conducted and introduced by Maestro Nir Kabaretti with the theme “The Nature of Music” featuring works evoking a variety of scenery, weather and animals.

For many students, this is the first time they will hear live orchestral music.

We offer this concert free to fifth graders each year and would be happy to accept your sponsorship of the event.