Welcome to The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Parent Guide!

The Negaunee Music Institute has developed a series of fun and engaging activities for you and your child to explore the music before your visit to Symphony Center. Below you will find links to short two- and ten-minute activities; activities you can do in the car on the way to the concert; and a playlist of the concert repertoire to listen to with your child(ren).

LISTEN before the concert, using our Spotify playlist. Access the playlist below or at this link. You can listen to the tracks freely, or you can explore the activities below for an enhanced listening experience.

*Note that a free account is required to use Spotify.

Have more time? Explore short, at-home activities with your child before coming to Symphony Center by clicking this link.
2-minute activity: Instrument Families
7-minute activity: Listening for Conflict and Harmony
10-minute+ activity: Theme and Variation

Short on time? We also have some activities for the car at this link.
Use our Quick Composer Facts to learn about the featured composers on the concert!
Our Instrument Identification activity will help your child recognize and learn about the many instruments they will see on the stage.
Learn more about a guest artist performing in the concert through our Artist Spotlight activity.