The Music Van

Touring in 2017 to a School Near You!

Our nationally acclaimed Music Van will be visiting 3rd Grade Classrooms in Atascadero and Cayucos and 4th Grade Classrooms throughout the rest of San Luis Obispo County beginning in January 2017. Tours go until March, so sign up to ensure your place on our schedule!

What is the Music Van?

A visit from the Music Van to your school includes a lesson by a trained presenter, usually a Symphony musician, and the chance for each and every child to try our collection of musical instruments. Our Music Van presenters prepare an entertaining and educational demonstration about the instruments of the orchestra, how sound works and the relationship between the size and shape of the musical instrument and the sound it makes. Following the brief presentation, the hands-on fun really begins when we give students a chance to try ALL the instruments in the van!  Trumpets, trombones, violins, cellos, percussion and more!  Music Van presentations last 45 minutes and up to four may be scheduled in one day. The Music Van addresses Calilfornia Music Content Standards: 1.4, 1.5.


It is mandatory that each school provide two adult volunteers per presentation to assist the Music Van presenter.  Volunteers are needed to help unload the van, pack up the van, set-up, clean-up, and supervise during the sessions. The classroom teacher is also required to stay with the class during the presentation and when children are trying the instruments.

How to book the Music Van

Be sure to reserve your Music Van visit early, as registration is on a first-come-first served basis. To make reservations for your school, please fill out our reservation form (see link below) then contact Music Van Coordinator Randall Shanks at (805) 543-3533 or email 


Click Here to reserve the Music Van today!




Would you like to help keep the Music Van and other Symphony programs "on the road"? 
CLICK HERE to make your tax deductible donation to Symphony Music Education.

Thank you for your support!

The Music Van is Sponsored by 

Janssen Youth and Sports Fund 
Rita's Rainbows