Founded in 1993 and run in partnership with Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley Symphony’s Music in the Schools program provides comprehensive, age-appropriate music curriculum to over 4,600 Berkeley public elementary and middle school students each year. Recognized by the League of American Orchestras as one of the country’s top music education programs, Music in the Schools (MITS) helps students fulfill the California Performing Arts Content Standards and provides new ways of approaching many other subjects in the core curriculum. Music in the Schools is under the leadership of Education Director Ming Luke.

Facts about our in-school residency:

  • Over 200 in-class sessions led by Berkeley Symphony musicians at all eleven BUSD elementary schools each year. Classroom sessions include hands-on music education and curriculum guides for teachers addressing state standards for music education.
  • 130 ensemble coaching sessions, twenty-two master classes, and six ensemble adjudication sessions led by Berkeley Symphony musicians at all three BUSD middle schools each year.
  • Eleven “Meet the Symphony” concerts in BUSD elementary schools each Fall.
  • Six “I’m a Performer!” concerts at BUSD elementary schools each Spring, providing young musicians opportunities to rehearse and perform side-by-side with Berkeley Symphony.
  • Four annual Family Concerts, providing opportunities for students, their families, and community members to experience a Berkeley Symphony concert together
  • All Music in the Schools programming is provided 100% free of charge for children and their families.


Music in the Schools is made possible only with your support. Impact the lives of 4,600 elementary and middle school children each year.

Become a Parent Liaison!

Parents are a huge help when it comes to our Music in the Schools program. If you are interested in becoming a parent Liaison or you simply want to learn more, contact our Development Director, Bill Quillen by clicking the button below!



Anonymous (3) • Gertrude Allen • Berkeley Public Schools Fund • Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation • The Bernard Osher Foundation • California Arts Council • Ronald & Susan Choy • Sheila Duignan • East Bay Community Foundation • The Grubb Co • Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes • Brian James & Shariq Yosufzai • McCutcheon Construction • Bebe & Colin McRae • Helen & John Meyer • Music Performance Trust Fund • National Endowment for the Arts • Thomas W. Richardson & Edith Jackson • Tricia Swift • Lisa & James Taylor • Ama Torrace & David Davies • Union Bank Foundation • U.S. Bank Foundation • Anne & Craig Van Dyke
Thanks also to those giving up to $2,500 annually


Gertrude Allen • Kathleen G. Henschel & John W. Dewes • Brian James & Shariq Yosufzai • Peter Mandell & Sarah Coade Mandell • Thomas Richardson & Edith Jackson • Ed Osborn & Marcia Muggli • Tricia Swift
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