Schools & Teachers

In partnership with schools and school districts across Kentuckiana, the Louisville Orchestra invests in our local educators and students by creating and providing impactful music performances and education experiences, professional development, and online curriculum and resources.


MakingMUSIC is the long-running, premiere music education program in Louisville with an investment in educators (music and general ed), providing robust musician engagement and high-quality musical performance experiences for students, both online and in-person. For 80 years, the LO has provided music education experiences to every 4th and 5th-grade student in Jefferson County Public Schools, along with Professional Development for every music educator in the district. MakingMUSIC curriculum supports national, state, and JCPS standards in Music/Arts, English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social  Studies.

In addition to JCPS, other schools and districts can participate in MakingMUSIC by becoming a MakingMUSIC Member. MakingMUSIC Memberships allow schools to participate in professional development, priority access to tickets for the MakingMUSIC orchestra concert, musician visits to classrooms, access to the online learning platform, and more. The cost to participate is $1,000 per school. Financial support and sponsorships are available.

Memberships include:

  • Priority access to MakingMUSIC concert Tickets ($8 per student, chaperones free 10:1)
  • Access to Online Music Education Learning Library
  • One (1) customized teacher professional development session
  • Individual musician presentations for up to four (4) classrooms (4th/5th grade only)

District memberships are available and customizable upon request. If interested in a MakingMUSIC Membership, email


Additional Services for Schools

In addition to the MakingMUSIC program for 4th and 5th-grade students, the LO offers various programs for students of all ages in all Kentuckiana schools. Please contact to discuss program costs and details. Funding support is available through Louisville’s Fund for the Arts.

Small Education Ensemble Performances 

Request an in-school performance with an LO musician ensemble. These 60-minute performances are designed to expose students to a variety of instrumental music and themes, familiarize them with the instruments of the orchestra, and provide an opportunity to meet and talk with professional orchestra musicians. Maximum audience number: 250/ Primary audience: Grades 3 — 6.

Musician Classroom Visits

Would you like your students to meet a professional musician? Do you have a STEAM unit that could benefit from a guest artist and speaker? The LO musicians are experienced in visiting elementary general ed and music classrooms. The experience is fully customizable to fit your classroom needs. Program length: 30 minutes per classroom up to 4 classrooms. Program length: 120 minutes / Primary audience: Grades 3 — 6.

Musician Masterclasses 

LO musicians lead masterclasses around the world. From partnering with the Louisville Youth Orchestra to their own private teaching studios, Lo musicians bring a robust musical experience to every masterclass they lead. Program length: 60 minutes / Primary audience: Middle/High School

Coffee Concerts: Discount Tickets for Middle/High School Students

Coffee Concerts are 11AM matinee concerts on Fridays that are open to Middle School, High School, and college-age students who are ready for the full-orchestra public concert experience. Each performance is preceded by a “Concert Talk” that offers students the chance to learn about the concert program, including history, composers, and musical genres. Study guides are also provided for each concert. Link to more information about the Coffee Concerts. Student tickets: $12 / Chaperones free 10:1.

Partners in Education

The Louisville Orchestra wholeheartedly thanks the thousands of individuals who support our education and outreach programs through their annual gifts. For information about how you can impact our education programs through an annual gift or the creation of a scholarship, sponsorship, or outreach fund, please contact the Louisville Orchestra’s Chief Development Officer, Bert Griffin at 502.587.2425 or