K-12 School Day Performances
From music to theater to modern dance, UMS School Day Performances feature some of the world’s best performing artists and use the arts to ignite student imagination and support student growth and development.
Available to kindergarten through high school students, performances are complimented by UMS learning guides to facilitate meaningful connections to classroom curricula.
In the 2023/24 season, we continue our commitment to igniting student imagination and supporting student development through the arts by offering a season of both in-person and digital School Day Performances with live streaming options for select performances (Digital and Livestream School Day Performances will be announced in the fall).
Upcoming School Day Performances
School Day Performance
For Nursery – 2nd Grade Students and Families
Papa Penguin receives a special delivery from the sky — a baby chick penguin! The hapless pair navigates slippery slopes and perilous adventures in this funny and moving story about love, life, and learning.
School Day Performance
For Grades 1-6 Students and Families
Marvin loves exploring the parks around his home looking for birds, bugs, and animals. On his ninth birthday he receives his very own pair of grown-up, pro binoculars! But then something terrible happens: he loses them, and to get them back, he must face the intimidating park warden.
Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome back to another school year! We recognize that you may have questions about protocols to assure the safety of audiences attending in-person School Day Performance events. We have put together a list of our most frequently asked questions below. If you have a question that doesn’t appear on this list, please feel free to reach out to our Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement, Terri Park, at email@example.com.
UMS will continue offering Digital and Livestreaming options for School Day Performances at no charge for our K-12 audience and the public.
When registration is open, ticket requests may be submitted at any time. However, ticket demand often exceeds availability and UMS reserves the right to cap ticket requests per school for each performance.
School Day Performance tickets are $7 for each student, teacher, or chaperone, unless otherwise noted (please allow at least one chaperone per 15 students). $6 tickets are available for schools where at least 50% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch. There is a 10-ticket minimum per performance.
A 50% nonrefundable deposit is required for your reservation.
All performances are subject to change or cancellation.
New Performance Playground units and additional Learning Guides will be added in the coming months, so check back later this fall to see the latest offerings.
School Day Performance Plus (SDP+)
UMS Artist Facilitators In Your Classroom
Formerly called pre- and post-show in-class workshops, SDP+ is presented in conjunction with UMS School Day Performances. UMS collaborates with highly skilled and knowledgeable artist facilitators to create an arts-integrated workshop that will prepare your students for the performance.
The 30-45 minute workshop (in-person or digital) connects directly to your school curriculum. Students actively explore, experience, and express the art form and themes from the performance right in your classroom. And the learning does not stop there — after the performance, the UMS artist facilitator returns to lead students in discussion to help them synthesize their learning experience.
Good news! These workshops are offered FREE of charge. When you register for a School Day Performance, please indicate if you are interested in having a UMS artist facilitator visit your classroom.
Ticket & Transportation Grants
Thanks to the U-M Credit Union Arts Adventures program, UMS is able to provide a limited number of grants to defray the cost of a UMS field trip. Funds can be used for transportation or to reduce the cost of School Day Performance tickets.
UMS reserves the right to limit the number of grant awards to any one school. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but priority consideration is given to applications received by the following dates:
- Fall School Day Performances: Friday, October 13, 2023
- Winter School Day Performances: Friday, January 19, 2024
- Applicants must be from an accredited Michigan K-12 public or private school.
- A certified teacher must be the primary contact.
- Funding must be used to attend a 2023/24 UMS School Day Performance (cannot be transferred to next season).
- Priority will be given to schools where one or more of the following apply:
- At least 50% of students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch.
- The school does not have a full-time arts/music teacher.
- The classroom primarily serves students with disabilities or special needs.
- First time attending a UMS School Day Performance.
Other Possible Funding Sources
We recommend exploring the following funding opportunities to help defray the costs of field trips. Have a suggested addition to this list? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public School Foundations
UMS Learning Guides help teachers extend the impact of our School Day Performances beyond the walls of the theater into the classroom. By providing educator-specific information about the performance, artist, genre, as well as resources and lesson plans, UMS strives to make meaningful connections between the performance and curriculum. The content and design of the guides are informed by the State of Michigan Education Standards and by our UMS K-12 Education Manager.