Welcome to Steppin’ Out Educational Concerts!

About Steppin’ Out Educational Concerts

Steppin’ Out Educational Concerts introduce fourth- and fifth-grade students to symphonic music and the instruments of the orchestra. Steppin’ Out serves multiple school districts throughout San Joaquin County including Lincoln Unified, Stockton Unified, Lodi Unified and Manteca Unified. A beloved program with educators county-wide, the Steppin’ Out program serves over 6,000 each year.

Stockton Symphony’s Steppin’ Out concerts have provided highly educational and entertaining programs to enthusiastic young audiences for more than two decades. It is through the generosity of our donors and grants from community partners that Steppin’ Out is able to introduce children to the wonder and beauty of symphonic music.

Steppin’ Out Concert Sponsors

Thank you to our generous partners!

  • Estate of Pamela Kitto

2021 Steppin’ Out Concert Program

Orchestra players

Construction Zone: Musicians at Work!

This season’s Steppin’ Out program explores music’s “architecture”—how sounds are organized in time. We’ll feature fun and engaging teaching tools to highlight musical building blocks in pieces ranging from Bach’s “Little” Fugue and Glière’s Russian Sailors’ Dance to themes from The Pink Panther and Superman. We enhance the experience by sending out advance materials including our Steppin’ Out Times, a Teacher’s Guide, and CD. Maestro Jaffe designs, conducts, and hosts this signature educational/outreach series, now in its twenty-fourth season!

2021 Concert Schedule

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Student Resources


Each student who attends a Steppin’ Out concert will receive a copy of the Steppin’ Out Times – a full color, newspaper-style activity guide packed with information about the orchestra, musical program, composer and fun and challenging activities to include a word-search puzzle and more! Click here to view a sample (2019 Steppin’ Out Times).


Teachers will receive a comprehensive 18 – 20 page Teacher’s Guide that includes logistical information about the concert, musical program, composer and Student Activities with connections to Common Core Standards for Language Arts, Math and History. Teachers will also receive choice of mp3 or a CD of the musical program to assist in preparing students for the concert.

Letters from Students