The LO offers a variety of programs for students of all ages. Questions? Contact Jenny Baughman, Learning and Community Coordinator.


The long-running MakingMUSIC program includes engaging and interactive education concerts and in-school ensemble visits with LO musicians. The program is available to all 4th and 5th graders in Kentuckiana. Please note: *JCPS elementary schools are eligible to attend/receive both experiences in alternating years free of charge. For the 2019/20 season, JCPS elementary schools starting with A–J will receive a complimentary MakingMUSIC ensemble visit. Elementary schools K–Z will be invited to a MakingMUSIC concert.

The MakingMUSIC curriculum was designed around national, state and JCPS standards in Music/Arts, English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. No matter what your level of music knowledge is, we encourage teachers to incorporate some or all of the provided lesson plans to help prepare students for their MakingMUSIC experience.


Landfill Orchestra

The MakingMUSIC curriculum guide includes lesson plans for creating original instruments from found/recycled objects to create a “Landfill Orchestra”. Students collect items and build DIY instruments at home or in the classroom, then explore creating musical rhythm and/or melodies with their instruments alone or as a group. Students attending a MakingMUSIC concert are encouraged to take their Landfill Orchestra instruments to the concert to play along on a select song.

Inspiration and lesson plans for creating your Landfill Orchestra can be found by visiting the links below.


VIDEO: Build Your Own Instrument Demos


SPRING 2020 – MakingMUSIC concerts introduce 4th and 5th grade students to a symphony performance. Schools are encouraged to participate in the Landfill Orchestra program by constructing DIY “trash band” instruments and bringing them to the concert to play along with the orchestra on a select song. Each attending school is also invited to nominate a student to participate in the LO’s young conductor program, Teddy’s Kids. MAKINGMUSIC CONCERT RSVP

    • MakingMUSIC 2019/20 Concert Guide: [AVAILABLE SOON]
    • Recommended Grades: 4th and 5th-grades only
    • 2020 Dates: Tue, March 24 | Wed, March 25 | Thu, March 26
    • Times:  10:30AM and 12PM (length: 60 mins)
    • Location: Whitney Hall at The Kentucky Center
    • Cost: $8 per student, 1 free chaperone admitted per every 10 paid students. *For the 2019/20 season, complimentary admission and transportation is provided to JCPS elementary schools starting with K–Z.


Teddy’s Kids

Each school attending a MakingMUSIC concert is eligible to nominate one 4th or 5th grade student for the LO’s young conductor program, Teddy’s Kids. Participating students will learn the basics of conducting with Music Director Teddy Abrams, then debut their new conducting skills and represent their schools on-stage during a select song at the the concert. Students will be asked to attend 2–3 one-hour group rehearsals with Teddy in February/March 2020. Parent/guardian permission is required. Please nominate your student online by January 24, 2020.


MakingMusic Ensemble Visit – In-School Program

FALL 2019 – Small groups of LO musicians present programs related to the MakingMUSIC curriculum developed for 4th and 5th grade. Instrument demonstrations are presented in the classroom followed by a 45-min performance. Groups range from 2–5 musicians. MAKINGMUSIC ENSEMBLE RSVP

    • Recommended Grades: 4th and 5th-grades only
    • Dates: September – December 2019
    • Time: 9:30am – 11:00am (90 minutes)
    • Max # of participants: 250
    • Cost: $400-$1,000 (depends on size of ensemble) *For the 2019/20 season, a complimentary visit is provided to JCPS elementary schools starting with A–J.
    • Note: Mileage rates apply to all visits outside of Jefferson County.


Coffee Concerts

Coffee Concerts are open to Middle School, High School and college-age students who are ready for the full-length 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. COFFEE CONCERT RSVP

  • Recommended Audience: Middle/High School and College
  • Dates/Time: Select Fridays at 11AM – see below (length: 70 mins, no intermission)
  • Concert Talks: 10AM the morning of the concert
  • Location: Whitney Hall at The Kentucky Center
  • Cost: $12 per student, 1 free chaperone admitted per every 10 paid students

FROM THE NEW WORLD – 27 SEP 2019  || Study Guide
FROM THE SEA 11 OCT 2019  || Study Guide
VIOLINS OF HOPE 25 OCT 2019 || Study Guide
DON QUIXOTE and OTHER JOURNEYS 22 NOV 2019 || Study Guide
MAHLER 5 17 JAN 2020 || Study Guide
BRAHMS’ THIRD 31 JAN 2020 || Study Guide
RACHMANINOFF 2nd SYMPHONY 10 APR 2020 ||  Study Guide


Chamber Ensemble Visit – In-School Program 

LO musicians are available for in-school performances in small ensembles. Groups range from 2–5 musicians and can present programs that are seasonally relevant (ex: holiday-themed). The visit can also include a demo and Q&A session in the classroom preceding the performance. CHAMBER ENSEMBLE RSVP

  • Recommended Audience: Elementary/Middle/High School and College
  • Dates: Select Mondays, September 2019 – April 2020
    Time: Flexible (length: 60–90 mins)
    Max # of participants: 250
  • Cost: $500-$1,250 (depends on size of ensemble)
  • Note: Mileage rates apply to all visits outside of Jefferson County.


Abrams’ Kids/Adopt-a-School

Each semester, Music Director Teddy Abrams is an Artist-in-Residence at an area high school where he leads masterclasses and works with students to create a service project that connects their music to the community. For the 2019/20 season, Teddy will be the Artist-in-Residence at Floyd Central HS (Fall 2019) and Fern Creek High School (Spring 2020).