The Hot Springs/ Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild

Where fine music is a way of life!

In-school Music Workshops

The Guild underwrites the in-school programs for schools in Garland County so the programs are FREE to the schools. 

Orchestra and You is a free program for students in Grades 2 and 3. This program introduces students to all the instruments of the orchestra through a “hands on” approach using colorful, acrylic, one dimensional, models while recorded, as well artist musicians demonstrate instruments sounds. Some of the students will act as performers, while others learn skills of being attentive audience members. Each student receives a workbook that features the instruments and includes puzzles and drawing.

To schedule a program, contact our send an email to Please reference Orchestra and You in the subject line.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra ArtPartners String Quartets  (3rd - 5th Grades)

The Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild works with the Arkansas Symphony to bring artist musicians from the symphony into the elementary schools of Hot Springs and the surrounding areas. The Rockefeller and Quapaw String Quartets provide a variety of programs or ‘demos’ for students enabling them to experience the joy and excitement of ‘live’ performance.

Musical presentations change each year and are structured to work across the curriculum in relating musical experience to other educations goals. There are specific links to Common Core Anchor Standards. These programs are directed to 3rd through 5th grade students.  Available curriculum materials for the music literacy will be sent to the school in advance to facilitate the preparation for the workshop. Both classroom and music teachers will find these useful. You may view and download these also for classroom use only.  

There are several programs currently available.  For scheduling, please send an email to Please reference ArtParners String Quartets in the subject line.

Meet the String Family.  All the stringed instruments of the orchestra are introduced by each player (with the exception of the double bass and harp) using music of Beethoven, Schubert and Smetana. Students learn to hear recognize the instrument by the pitch of the instrument being played. The Student Journal has further information about the parts of the string instruments, about the composers and the Classical and Romantic musical periods in which they wrote. The media presentation (for use after the program) also contains information about the bow and its parts, the timeline of the composers’ lives juxtaposed to the musical periods and other events in Europe. Photos of the periods’ architecture are also presented. Students are asked to use adjectives to describe the periods of music. 

Story Time.   This program introduces sections of a story ~~ setting, characters and plot ~~ featuring the music of Vivaldi, Borodin, Bach, Bartok, Shastakovich, and Beethoven. During the session, students select plot segments to create the story and ASO musicians play music segments that describe the selected story segments. Then they are challenged to write their own story when they return to the classroom. The Student Journal contains information about the composers and focuses on the structure of a story ~~ setting, characters, plot.

Other programs are Picturing Music and Maps and Music.

The Hot Springs/ Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild is a  501c(3) non-profit charitable, education, and cultural organization.

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