Apollo Education extends The Apollo’s commitment to enhancing the life of the community through four distinct areas of learning and engagement: Residencies, workshops, and tours for schools; Curriculum materials aligned to state and national learning standards and study guides derived from The Apollo’s history; Career development for teens and adults through The Apollo Theater Academy; And discussions and lectures for the public that highlight the history of The Apollo and its impact on American
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A School Tour at Apollo Theater

The Apollo offers engaging music, dance, and theater instruction while highlighting its rich history and ongoing significance to Harlem and Black culture. Programs are inquiry-based, interactive, and interdisciplinary, and Apollo School Programs connect to national, state, and local arts and academic standards.

Discover more about The Apollo’s workshops and residencies, School Tours, School Day Live performances, distance learning options, and partnerships and special projects.

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Apollo School Apprentices

The Apollo Theater Academy provides opportunities for young adults in the performing arts and entertainment fields through workshops, internships, apprenticeships, and events.

The Arts Administration Internship explores the impact of arts administration on live and recorded productions at The Apollo, where students develop a concept for the signature summer event, Teen Takeover.

The Technical Stage Production Internship assigns students to work with members of The Apollo’s production crew, where they gain experience applying technical elements of theater such as lighting design, videography, audio engineering, carpentry, and production design to live and recorded stage productions.

The Apprenticeship program provides college students and recent graduates with training and mentorship as they work with Apollo staff to design, implement, and produce their own projects and/or events.

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With Professional Learning workshops, Apollo Education energizes, inspires, and provides K-12 educators with resources and hands-on activities to connect the arts to classroom curricula, all while meeting educational and arts standards.

Professional Learning workshops are available to educators from all grade levels and disciplines. Workshops are intended to benefit both educators and their students and to provide educators with methods and strategies for teaching and learning through the arts and across disciplines. The Apollo is a NYS-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credits.

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Apollo Stories is an interactive digital learning hub for high school educators who want to spark critical thinking in the minds of their students. It provides lesson plans, resources, and activities that explore justice, culture, and identity. The inaugural lessons are built around The Apollo’s world premiere stage adaptation of Ta Nehisi-Coates' Between the World and Me.Geared towards activating and amplifying the voices of high school-aged students, the program gives young people a framework to understand and navigate issues of contemporary America and reflects The Apollo’s commitment to utilizing the arts and humanities to foster conversation centered on the Black experience.

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Apollo School Tours highlight the legendary history and performers of The Apollo, and the impact on music and performing arts development. All tours are thematic, inquiry-based, interactive, and use multimedia. They also connect to national, state, and local arts and academic standards. Bring your students to experience the legacy and learn the history of The Apollo!

For questions, please email The Apollo at school.programs@apollotheater.org.

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Apollo School Tours highlight the legendary history and performers of The Apollo, and the impact on music and performing arts development. All tours are thematic, inquiry-based, interactive, and use multimedia. They also connect to national, state, and local arts and academic standards. Apollo School Tours are 60 minutes in length and can accommodate up to 30 students and 5 chaperones per group.

learning Resources

Access and explore study guides for educators and students that connect to School Day Live performances, School Tours, Apollo Walk of Fame inductees, and other topics related to the history of The Apollo.  

For questions, please email us at school.programs@apollotheater.org.
Aretha Franklin
Learn about the 18-time Grammy Award-winning Apollo Legend Aretha Franklin. In this guide, students will learn about empowerment from the woman who demanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T as well as how she helped further the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement. [Button] Download Guide
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Celia Cruz
Learn about Apollo Legend Celia Cruz, also known as “the Queen of Salsa”! In this guide, students will learn about some of the many genres that come from Latin America and the sweet “Azucar!” that Cruz spread through her music and performance.
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Charlie "Yardbird" Parker
Learn about Apollo Legend Charlie Parker, also known as “Yardbird” or just “Bird.” Jam sessions, in which he regularly played, led to the creation of a fast-paced, technically challenging music called bebop
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Ella Fitzgerald
Students will learn about Apollo Legend Ella Fitzgerald as well as the tradition of scat singing, with activities to spark creativity and improvisation in the classroom in this study guide.
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Gladys Knight & the Pips
Learn about Apollo Legend Gladys Knight and The Pips. In this guide, students will get a taste of the “Motown Sound” and have an opportunity to create their own Soul Train line!
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James Brown
Students will “Say It Loud” in this study guide on “The Godfather of Soul,” James Brown! Learn about how Brown’s music was instrumental in creating social change throughout the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s in this study guide.
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Little Richard
Learn about Apollo Legend Little Richard! In this guide, students will have their very own jam session just like Little Richard, while learning about his life, journey, and legacy on The Apollo’s legendary stage.
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Jackie "Moms" Mabley
Students will learn about Apollo Legend Moms Mabley, also known as “the funniest woman in the world”! In this guide, students will craft their own funny stories and discover the evolution of Black comedy through the life of this legendary woman.
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Patti LaBelle
Students will learn about Apollo Legend Patti Labelle as well as the potential music has to empower as her journey takes your class through Doo-Wop all the way to Rock and Roll in this study guide.
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Smokey Robinson
Students will learn about Apollo Legend Smokey Robinson as well as try their hand at lyric writing and gain an appreciation for the “Motown Sound” with this study guide.
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Stevie Wonder
Students will learn about Apollo Legend Stevie Wonder as well as discover what makes a child prodigy and how one’s art can be used as a tool for social activism in this study guide.
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What is Theater?

Students will learn about the history and many iterations and evolutions of the theater as both an art form and a venue for performances.

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String Stories: The Blues

Learn about the roots and fruits of the Blues, and create your own 12-bar blues with your students in this study guide.

Inspired by School Day Live: String Stories: The Roots and Fruits of The Blues.

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Rhythm & Blues

Discover the history of one of America’s most popular genres, Rhythm and Blues. In this study guide, students will learn about where the genre gets its name and The Apollo’s history with the artists that put R&B on the map, as well as some of the musical techniques that helped make it what it is!

Inspired by School Day Live: Michael David Band: Rhythm and Blues Revue.

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Percussion

Discover the family that keeps the pulse, drives the groove, and makes your body move — percussion. In this guide, students learn about traditional percussion instruments as well as their area of origin.

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Educator Resource Guide

The Educator Resource Guide includes materials that are specifically aligned to the content in The Apollo’s School Tour programs and workshops. Feel free to make activity modifications to best satisfy the needs, skills, and interests of your students. Whether you have brought your students to the Apollo for a School Tour or an Apollo Teaching Artist has visited your school to engage students in a workshop, this guide will help you extend and deepen the impact of our programs alongside your classroom curriculum.

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Curtis Mayfield

Students will “get on board” with this musical messenger. Take a deep dive with your class into the lyrics of Curtis Mayfield, and discover how music can be used to create change both socially and politically.

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Between the World and Me

This guide was created to integrate the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and the subsequent Apollo theatrical production into a classroom curriculum. Each lesson in the guide references themes discussed in the book. It also provides supporting resources and references inclusive of literature and poetry, film and video, works of art and music, and a review and interview with Coates.

Dig even deeper on Apollo Stories, our digital learning hub!

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Curtis Mayfield
Students will “get on board” with this musical messenger. Take a deep dive with your class into the lyrics of Curtis Mayfield, and discover how music can be used to create change both socially and politically.
Download Guide
Educator Resource Guide
The Educator Resource Guide includes materials that are specifically aligned to the content in The Apollo’s School Tour programs and workshops. Feel free to make activity modifications to best satisfy the needs, skills, and interests of your students. Whether you have brought your students to the Apollo for a School Tour or an Apollo Teaching Artist has visited your school to engage students in a workshop, this guide will help you extend and deepen the impact of our programs alongside your classroom curriculum.
Download Guide
Percussion
Discover the family that keeps the pulse, drives the groove, and makes your body move — percussion. In this guide, students learn about traditional percussion instruments as well as their area of origin.
Download Guide
Rythm & Blues
Discover the history of one of America’s most popular genres, Rhythm and Blues. In this study guide, students will learn about where the genre gets its name and The Apollo’s history with the artists that put R&B on the map, as well as some of the musical techniques that helped make it what it is!

Inspired by School Day Live: Michael David Band: Rhythm and Blues Revue.
Download Guide
String Stories: The Blues
Learn about the roots and fruits of the Blues, and create your own 12-bar blues with your students in this study guide.

Inspired by School Day Live: String Stories: The Roots and Fruits of The Blues.
Download Guide
String Stories: The Blues
Learn about the roots and fruits of the Blues, and create your own 12-bar blues with your students in this study guide.

Inspired by School Day Live: String Stories: The Roots and Fruits of The Blues.
Download Guide

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