Educational Objectives & Resources


NISO’s goal is to reinforce music education offered in our schools and communities, and to give students a better appreciation for the aesthetics of symphonic music. We anticipate impacting 1000+ 4th/5th/6th grade students. The educational objectives of the Concert for Children are:

  • Students will experience a live symphony orchestra.
  • Students will learn basic concepts of a symphony orchestra.
  • Students will learn basic music vocabulary associated with the concert.
  • Students will study some background information about Scandinavian composers, Grieg and Sibelius, as well as musical nationalism, Scandinavian culture, folklore, and literature.
  • Students will be introduced to the Swedish folk instrument, the nyckelharpa, and hear the Iowa premiere of Hans Christian Andersen Suite, performed by regional artist Deborah Greenblatt and composed by NISO’s Principal Conductor Christopher Stanichar.
  • Students will be inspired at the possibilities of participating in their own school music programs.


  • Click here for a glossary of terms

COMPOSERS AND MUSIC (links to Wikipedia)






Be sure to listen to the musical excerpts included in the Concert for Children Guide.

The pieces performed on this concert are popular and available at iTunes.

  • You-Tube can be a wonderful source in showing videos of several of these classical performances.
  • Concert etiquette is an important part in teaching your students what is appropriate behavior at a concert and what is not.  The following link can be helpful in explaining expectations when attending such an event: Concert Etiquette