Engage • Educate • Inspire

As an essential pillar of the organization’s Mission, Arizona Musicfest provides unique music education programs to area students and schools, as well as important performance opportunities and financial assistance for aspiring young musicians from throughout the Greater Scottsdale/Phoenix area.  Each year, Arizona Musicfest education and youth programs reach over 6,000 children.

Arizona Musicfest’s education programs provide access and affordability (all programs are free) to classical music and jazz for kids in grades K-12.  Through a variety of programs (see links below), Arizona Musicfest provides supplemental programs to enhance the music education resources and opportunities provided by area schools.  Arizona Musicfest is proud to partner with local educators and administrators to ensure that music learning, appreciation, and music-making can be realized for all.

Through the diversity of Arizona Musicfest programs and the on-going expansion of our youth initiatives, Arizona Musicfest strives to make a difference in the communities we serve and in the children we inspire through music.

Music Makers Assemblies

Musicfest Music Makers are in-school assembly concerts that engage students with exciting music, activities, and classroom materials to support and enhance the curriculum of schools served. With programs developed for specific grade levels, Musicfest’s programs feature a wide array of instruments and musical genres. Performed in classrooms, gymnasiums, cafetoriums, and multipurpose rooms, these 50-minute programs are free of cost to schools and districts.

All concerts include pre- and post-concert materials written to support classroom teachers, fine arts teachers, and families to extend the concert experience beyond the performance. Follow the link below for information on each of our six programs, and fill out this request form to schedule a performance!

Music Makers

Access to Artistry

Arizona Musicfest annually works to connect local students with featured Festival artists. An outgrowth of our popular Festival Orchestra Outreach programs, Access to Artistry consists of Masterclasses, Clinics, and insightful Question and Answer sessions.

Area middle school, high school, and university students have benefited from working with musicians from our Festival Orchestra as well as feature Festival Performers Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jake Shimabukuro, and Andrew von Oeyen through these opportunities.

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Musicfest Minutes

Musicfest Minutes, a daily music listening program, has reached over 25,000 students in the Cave Creek, Deer Valley, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and Phoenix Elementary public school districts. Teachers receive easy-to-apply materials that introduce students to a three-to-four-minute selection of music, providing a space during the day where students can relax and enjoy works by a variety of Western Classical composers.

Currently, the program is offered through a set of CDs and companion booklet, but resources will be moved to this page during the 2019/20 school year. Beginning in 2020/21, the Musicfest Minutes program will expand to include composers and musical styles not yet represented in the curriculum.

Please fill out the form below to request the CDs and booklets, and check this page for further updates!


Musicfest Strummers

In partnership with the John and Joan D’Addario Foundation, Arizona Musicfest provided over 250 ukuleles and guitars to local students in the Cave Creek Unified School District from 2010-2014. Musicfest collaborated with CCUSD teacher Cindy Pushak to develop curriculum and invited students to perform twice with featured Festival Artists, including Jake Shimabukuro.

For more information on the Strummers program, please contact education@azmusicfest.org.

Instrument Loan Program

Arizona Musicfest partners with area educators to supply instruments to families who are unable to afford rent or the purchase of their own. For more details, please contact education@azmusicfest.org.