Gamelan Çudamani student matinee (Image credit: Joel Simon)


Student matinees cover a wonderful spectrum of art forms and world cultures, and include programs suitable for all grades. Our matinee programs are open to all Bay Area K-12 schools and teachers. Tickets are just $8 each, with scholarship assistance available. Online purchasing is now available! Scroll down to your desired performance below. To purchase tickets by mail, please download our order form or contact Ben Frandzel at

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2018–19 Matinee Performances

If you have any questions about the performances, email or call 650.736.8768.

Tue, Sep 25, 2018, 9:30 & 11:30AM | Bing Concert Hall

The music of Thelonious Monk is playful, endlessly inventive, and a cornerstone of modern jazz. The incomparable JLCO celebrates Monk’s music as Wynton Marsalis discusses how this innovative pianist and composer pioneered the bebop style, and how his life reflected larger trends in 20th century African American history. We’ll also break down the ritual of the jam session, and learn why Marsalis calls the big band a model for American democracy. Suggested for grades 1–8.

Limited capacity remaining for this performance. Must call 650.724.2464 to order.

Generously supported by Stephanie and Fred Harman

Fri, Nov 9, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Roble Studio Theater

When a group of immigrants from across the African continent gather in a London barber shop, customers and barbers alike are soon taking in and sharing confessions, wisdom, advice, and stories. Nigerian-British playwright Inua Ellams’ play was a sensation at London’s National Theatre, capturing the way community and culture come to life in everyday gathering spaces. Suggested for grades 7-12.

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Thu, Feb 14, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Bing Concert Hall

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee and bass-baritone Eric Owens are frequent stars at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and on stages worldwide. They’ll share the stage in a program of opera arias, American popular songs, gospel and spirituals. Suggested for grades 1-12.

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Thu, Mar 21, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Bing Concert Hall

2018 Grammy nominees for Best Children’s Album, Alphabet Rockers partner with educators, anti-bias and child development specialists, and children to create uplifting songs of friendship and self-worth, and to sensitively address issues of race, gender, and social justice. With inspiring lyrics set to irresistible hip-hop grooves, Alphabet Rockers move both bodies and mind. Suggested for grades K-5


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Thu, Apr 18, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Bing Concert Hall 

With their “mix of consummate skill and quirky charm” (New York Times), Sō Percussion introduces and performs on a global array of instruments, and invites students to clap, sing, stomp, and dance as they learn a world of rhythms. Students will learn musical elements such as call and response, and be introduced to contemporary music inspired by traditions from various cultures. Suggested for grades K-6.


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2018–19 Teacher Workshops

Workshops take place in the Studio at Bing Concert Hall and are free and open to all teachers, whether or not your class is attending a matinee. Register online today.

Who is Thelonious Monk?
Wed, Sep 12, 2018, 4:00 PM–6:00 PM | Led by Seton Hawkins, Director of Public Programs and Education Resources at Jazz at Lincoln Center;
Teachers will examine building blocks of jazz such as swing and improvisation and visit the hotbed of musical innovation that was Monk’s New York. We’ll learn what makes Monk’s music so original and how it continues to spark the imagination of jazz musicians around the world.

Generously supported by Stephanie and Fred Harman

Storytelling for Educators
Wed, Oct 24, 2018, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM | Led by Joel Ben Izzy
We’ll see why telling a story well is one of our most powerful communication skills, and how both teachers and students can discover and craft their own stories. Joel Ben Izzy has taught story skills to audiences from Pixar animators to women entrepreneurs in Rwanda and is an acclaimed teacher, children’s book author, and recording artist.

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and the Arts
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 8:30 AM–4:00 PM
The arts are especially effective for cultivating learning that is informed by students’ cultural backgrounds. This day of hands-on workshops and talks is designed for teachers, administrators, teaching artists, and anyone interested in this powerful pedagogical approach. Presenters include Alphabet Rockers and Armando Castellano, a leading advocate for diversity in classical music. Co-sponsored by the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) in the Stanford Graduate School of Education. See flyer for more information

For more information and to register go to our conference page

Percussion in the Classroom
Wed, Mar 27, 2019 | 4:00 PM–6:00 PM | Led by Jeni Swerdlow
We’ll learn how percussion instruments and rhythms have traveled the globe and can teach us about culture and history. Educators will be energized by percussion activities to share with students and will see how rhythm can build a classroom community. Jeni Swerdlow has been a teaching artist in over 40 Bay Area schools and leads workshops and drum circles across the U.S.


Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid by mail, please fill out the order form and attach a letter on school letterhead signed by your principal explaining need. On the order form, please indicate the number of scholarships requested and include a check for your paid attendance (total attendance less scholarships requested). We encourage you to include demographic information about your school. This information is important for internal reporting purposes, but will in no way affect determination of scholarship awards.

To apply for financial aid online, please submit a letter (see requirements above) via email to

All scholarships are awarded based on need and funding availability. If we are unable to grant scholarships, we will notify you and request additional payment when we confirm your order.