“Often a single experience will open a young soul to music for a lifetime.” 

–Zoltán Kodály


SoNA’s Education Mission

SoNA’s ImagiMusic program strives to enrich and improve student development by bringing orchestral-based education programs into Northwest Arkansas’ local school environment, in concert with Arkansas’ state curriculum and Common Core State Standards.

The students' needs are foremost in ImagiMusic workshops, which are developed in partnership with the school leaders and other community stakeholders. ImagiMusic is guided by the philosophy that exposure to classical music is not a luxury, but a human necessity.



In-School Workshops

This year, ImagiMusic workshops will reach approximately 800 third-grade students in 8 schools in Northwest Arkansas. Each school commits to a three year partnership with ImagiMusic.

With generous support from The Walton Family Foundation, The Walmart Foundation and The Arkansas Arts Council, our workshops are presented free of cost to partner schools.

An ensemble of SoNA musicians, consisting of a brass quintet, string quartet, or woodwind quintet, along with our Education Director Kristen Predl, present these exciting and interactive workshops. Starting with orchestral basics, students learn about the families of the orchestra and receive hands-on experience being the “maestro.” Using the poetry of Jack Prelutsky’s “Zoo Doings” as a foundation for teaching music concepts and tying in literacy, students learn how music can characterize an animal’s movements, feelings, features, etc. The students then work in small groups with our SoNA musicians to compose a short piece - on classroom percussion instruments - based on their animal poem.




Download Teacher Guides

Download SoNA Sets the Scene Teacher Guide

Download ZOOmagination! Teacher Guide


2017-18 Partner schools include:

Asbell Elementary - Fayetteville

Grace Hill Elementary - Rogers

Mathias Elementary - Rogers

Northside Elementary - Rogers

Parson Hills Elementary - Springdale

Sonora Elementary - Rogers

Tillery Elementary - Rogers

Turnbow Elementary - Rogers


For more information, contact Kristen Salinas, Education Director, at kristen@sonamusic.org.


SoNA would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of our ImagiMusic program.