Talking About Music for Schools

Talking About Music provides participatory concerts to upper elementary students in surrounding school districts with the goal of creating interest in school arts programs as students approach middle school.

A small ensemble entertains students by performing a sampling of popular music selections and examples of classical music standards. Students experience classical repertoire from each of the four major musical periods, as well as interact with musicians to guess each of our popular music selections. Students glean information about the symphony orchestra, musical eras, and how sounds is made, and also have the opportunity to reflect during our Q&A session.

2019 Talking About Music Repertoire

“Linus and Lucy” from the PEANUTS television specials

Main Theme from the film Star Wars

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the film The Wizard of Oz

“Can't Stop the Feeling” from the film Trolls

“Overworld Theme” from the video game Super Mario World

Ode to Joy by Beethoven

Gymnopedie by Satie

Main Theme from the film Jaws

The Wild Horseman from Album for the Young by Schumann *

Overture to The Barber of Seville by Rossini

Spring, Movement 1 from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi *

Eine kleine Nachtmusik, First Movement by Mozart

In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1 by Grieg *

Maple Leaf Rag by Joplin

* Included on the 2019 - 2020 UIL Music Memory List

Talking About Music Curriculum

Concert Etiquette

Music History

Music Vocabulary

Reviewing Concerts


Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 972.252.4800
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Talking About Music for Retirement Communities

The GSO provides free educational and interactive concerts to the local health-care community through our Talking About Music program. The GSO musicians accompany a staff member to various assisted-living facilities, retirement communities, and hospitals with the goal of bringing classical music to those who may otherwise be unable to attend symphony concerts. Participants experience a live music performance featuring both classical and popular music selections. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to interact with musicians through educational program notes and dialogue about classical music, composers, repertoire, and life as a classical musician today.

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Lifetime Learning Programs

Each year the community and education programs of the Garland Symphony Orchestra reach over 10,000 community members from various walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. The Garland Symphony Orchestra is very proud of its numerous programs dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community.