Our award-winning school programs include engaging instruments, unique artifacts, and interactive learning for students in Grades K to 12.
From Hearing and Sound to Making Instruments, our school programs offer a variety of grade-appropriate curriculum connections while fostering an engaging, hands-on learning environment.
Explore our diverse range of school experiences and download our CBE Master Agreement for field trips to Studio Bell. School programs at Studio Bell are available Monday to Friday.
School programs are offered Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Programs must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance. Space is limited, so please book early.
We can accommodate three to four classes a day, with a maximum of 30 students per class.
We accept payment by credit card or cheque. Once your school program or roadcase booking is confirmed, you will receive an invoice by email. To pay by credit card, please call the Education and Public Programs Coordinator at 403-543-5119. Cheques can be mailed to National Music Centre, 300 – 851 4 Street SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1P2 or collected in person on the day of your visit.
Payments for school programs at Studio Bell are due the day of your visit. Late payments will incur a 10% fee.
Cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date of your program to avoid penalty. A cancellation fee of $70 per program will be charged when less than two weeks’ notice is provided. If you need to cancel or make any changes to your booking, please email us or call 403-543-5119.
Please note that in the event of school closures due to inclement weather or unsafe road conditions, either party may cancel programs on the day-of without penalty. Every effort will be made to re-schedule. In the event of an emergency cancellation, please call 403-543-5119.
Our hands-on programs are based on the Alberta Education Program of Studies and encourage critical thinking and inquiry-based learning about music, sound, science, culture, history and the creative process. All programs are led by talented musician educators who make concepts come to life and feature items from our rare and unique collection!
No. Each school must arrange their own transportation.
NMC meets service-provider requirements for all school boards, including first-aid training and vulnerable sector police security checks.
NMC also has a Master Agreement with the Calgary Board of Education, which means we have been pre-approved and you get to fill out less paperwork! Please refer to the CBE Website for more information about working with a Masters Agreement provider.
Please email our Education and Public Programs Coordinator with any questions related to your visit.
School programs are available in French but subject to the availability of bilingual educators. Please let us know your language preference on our online booking form and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Select roadcases are also available in French.
We recommend school groups arrive approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled program, unless otherwise specified. This will ensure your group has enough time to hang jackets, stow lunches, and get oriented.
We recommend bringing bagged lunches. We also recommend that each person brings a bottle of water and wears comfortable walking shoes. We discourage students from bringing backpacks and large bags, as we have limited storage. Otherwise, the most important thing is to bring your imagination!
We require you bring at least one adult for every five students to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone involved. However, we ask that you do not exceed a 1:4 adult to student ratio to ensure there is enough room for everyone in our classrooms and other spaces.
Once your school program or roadcase booking is confirmed, our Education and Public Programs Coordinator will email you the necessary Getting Ready documents.
Absolutely! Individuals and families are welcome to visit during Studio Bell’s regular hours of operation, Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. While groups and classes are also welcome to visit during regular hours, it is worth noting that our school programs are much more affordable than paying individual admission for each person.
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