Education Concerts

Register for Music Memory 2024

Music Memory is a no cost, multi-faceted educational program designed to enhance understanding and appreciation of symphonic music. The program includes curriculum guides and activities that will enhance the students concert experience as well as fit with current educational standards and guidelines. The curriculum is designed for elementary grades 1-4. The concert however, is open to grades 1-6 from all schools in Maricopa County, public, private, and homeschool. This will be the 62nd year of the Music Memory Program during which time it has reached hundreds of thousands of students. Since 1987 this program has been made possible with funding provided by the William L. and Ruth T. Pendleton Memorial Fund.

This program is centered around a live performance that will take place at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix on March 19, 2024 at 10:00 AM.  Music has been selected for this performance to give the students an exciting and immersive introduction into symphonic music.  A curriculum program and activities centered around the music in the concert will be made available about one month before the performance so teachers and parents can begin teaching their students about the music ahead of time.

Featuring the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Matthew Kasper, Artistic and General Director of PYSO, Resident Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony and Conductor for Ballet Arizona. Although there is no cost to participate in this program there are a limited number of seats available for the concert so we do require reservations for all groups.

Register for Music Memory 2024


Arizona Morning Fox 10 News at Music Memory on February 4, 2020.

A very special thanks to Ardith Shelley, former Fine Arts Supervisor for the Madison School District, who was instrumental in the development of the Music Memory Program. She served as its chairperson for twenty-one years.

Register for Music Memory 2024

Music Memory 2024 will be on March 19, 2024 at 10:00 AM at Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, AZ at 10:00 AM.

Phoenix Symphony Hall
72 N 2nd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Music Memory 2024 Curriculum

Music Memory 2024 Curriculum is now available.

PYSO Music Memory 2024 Curriculum Cover - A Jazzy Symphony


Music Memory 2023 was on February 7, 2023 at 10:30 AM at Gammage Auditorium.

Gammage Auditorium
Arizona State University
1200 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

Music Memory Materials 2023

Music Memory 2023 Curriculum

Scoring the Story Music Memory Materials 2023

2022 Music Memory Curriculum!

Music Memory Curriculum

Music Memory 2022 Curriculum Materials

View the Full Music Memory Concert – April 19, 2022



2021 Music Memory Information and Material:

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, The School of Ballet Arizona and Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestras are partnering together to perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The performance will be recorded and available for viewing.

In addition, PYSO, in collaboration with The School of Ballet Arizona, has created an online, interactive musical adventure that lets students explore the worlds of music and dance, while learning simultaneously what it takes to be an artist dedicated to their craft.

Visit the PYSO Music Memory 2021 Website!


Music Memory 2021 Site Screen Shot

2020 Program

Romeo and Juliet : Sergei Prokofiev

Lesson 1 Teacher Guide PYS2020MM
Lesson 2 Teacher Guide PYS2020MM
Lesson 3 Teacher Guide PYS2020MM
Lesson 4 Teacher Guide PYS2020MM

2020 Program

Romeo and Juliet : Sergei Prokofiev

Lesson 1 Student Activity AB PYS2020MM
Lesson 2 Student Activity CD PYS2020MM
Lesson 3 Student Activity E PYS2020MM
Lesson 4 Student Activity F PYS2020MM