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Bring your students to Soundbridge for a field trip that inspires their musical curiosity and aligns with your curriculum. These hands-on classes focus on developing communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. All Soundbridge classes are aligned with Washington State EARLs and Common Core grade level standards.

Classes
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Musical Squares
Pre-school
From A, B, C to Do, Re, Mi, sing and dance along with your toddlers as they build their first friendships, try the instruments of the orchestra, and learn simple songs connected to symphony classics.

Duck, Duck, Tambourine
Pre-school
It’s time to play! Musical games and hands-on exploration invite kids to develop teamwork skills, experience the instruments of the orchestra, and discover the symphonic stories of the great composers.

Instrument Making Workshop
Grades Pre-K–2
Students learn about the brass, woodwind, string, or percussion family, how that family of instruments produces sound, and then create their own instrument to take home.

Musical Storytime
Grades K–2
Discover the cultures of the world through songs, stories and instruments. Students learn to weave their own musical tales by creating soundtracks to the stories they hear in this interactive class.

Orchestra Families
Grades K–1
Students explore the families of instruments in the orchestra, discovering their history, why they “live” together, and how they work together to make a symphony come to life.

Everyone Come Drum
Grades 2–4
Rhythm and world percussion is the focus in this high-energy workshop. Participate in basic rhythm exercises, listen to music from around the world, and put it all together with a fast and furious drum circle, all while learning to work together and play as an ensemble.

Cityscape
Grades 1–2
What does Seattle sound like? Students create their own pieces that reflect the sounds of their city and compare them to the sounds of other cities, and cities from long ago.

Science of Sound
Grades 3–5
Understand music’s relationship to math, physics and biology. Explore the idea of sound waves and vibrations, and learn about acoustics and how the instruments of the orchestra produce sound.

State Songs
Grades 4–5
“Washington My Home.” Students explore the history of state songs, learn the Washington state song and create a song together.

Yankee Doodle Revolutionary Songwriting
Grade 5
How do songs inspire change? Students will explore the music of the Revolutionary War, including instruments from that time period, and create their own revolutionary song.

Create Your Own Workshop
All ages
Tailor your Soundbridge or Symphony on Wheels visit to align with your curriculum or highlight specific topics that you choose. Please note an additional planning fee may apply for Create Your Own workshops.

Extend Your Trip
Make a day out of your Soundbridge field trip with add-on activities including: instrument exploration, lunch in The Boeing Company Gallery, or a tour of the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium.

Bring Soundbridge to You!
Soundbridge teaching artists lead classes and instrument exploration at your school, community center, organization or camp. Choose the Symphony on Wheels option on your field trip request form to have Soundbridge come to your school.

Instruments generously provided by Mills Music with the Yamaha Corporation and the Selmer Company. Symphony on Wheels van contributed by Seattle Rotary

Request a Field Trip
To request a reservation, please fill out our field trip reservation request form.

Requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Your requested date is not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation letter from the Soundbridge Coordinator.

  • Reserve a minimum of 6 weeks in advance of your desired date; reserve even earlier if you desire a date in the spring.
  • Reservations are confirmed by email within one week of your reservation request. If you do not receive a confirmation letter, please call 206.336.6613 or email reservations@soundbridge.org.
  • Cancellations and any changes to your reservation must be made at least 5 business days in advance. For appointments cancelled with less than 2 business days notice, and for missed appointments, the fee is 50% of the scheduled field trip fee.

Please have the following information ready when you fill out the reservation request:

  • School name, address, phone number
  • Number of students
  • Number of students with special needs or other accommodations
  • Number of adults
    • Pre-schools: 1 adult per 5 children required
    • Elementary schools: 1 adult per 10 children required
  • Elementary: grade level
  • Preschool: ages of students
  • Teacher name
  • Email address
  • Top 3 preferred dates and times for your field trip
  • Classes you would like to request
  • Curriculum connections or special topics that you would like our teaching artist to focus on