Education Overview

Mobile Symphony Orchestra’s Education Programs

Mobile Symphony’s award-winning Education Programs have been an integral part of the MSO’s mission since the organization was founded in 1970. In that time the MSO has touched over 10,000 people from kindergarten through adult. The Education Programs introduce the joy of making music to all ages through experiential and participatory programs. Click on the program title for more information.

PreludesMobile Symphony musicians teach general music to PreK-second grade classes in a school, one day a week for 25 weeks.

Strings Classes Mobile Symphony musicians give group violin and cello lessons to 3rd – 8th grade students.

String Academy A training ensemble for intermediate level violin, viola, cello and bass students.

Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra offers young instrumental musicians throughout the Gulf Coast an opportunity for growth and development by preparing, studying and performing various genres of orchestral literature.

ChamberfestA 4-day chamber music workshop for string players and pianists of all ages in the Mobile Bay area.

Young People’s Concertslive, full orchestra performance at the Saenger Theatre during the school day for students K-6

Take Note!informative lecture on the history behind the music, given one hour before each Classic concert


MSO Kids

The Mobile Symphony Orchestra is introducing the next generation to the joy of music making through the MSO Kids program. Under MSO Kids, children along the Gulf Coast can hear, see, touch and learn to play musical instruments of the orchestra, cultivating both the love of listening and the love of playing music.


Musical Petting Zoo

Miniature Mozarts and budding Bachs will be able to hear, see, touch and learn to make sound on musical instruments. Members of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra engage young children with a hands-on introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, including brass, wind, strings and percussion.

Instrument Exchange

Have a violin that’s collecting dust in the attic? What about a French horn that your teenager has long since outgrown? The MSO accepts new and gently-used instruments so that every child who desires to play a musical instrument has access to instruments. The MSO will pay to refurbish or repair all instruments that are still in good condition. Instruments can be dropped off at the Larkins Center at 257 Dauphin Street, or at M&S Music.

Classics for Kids

Students K-12 are invited to attend the MSO Sunday matinee Classics concerts for free, when accompanied by a paying adult. Click here for more information on Classics for Kids.