Cal Performances :: Music, Dance, Theater :: University of California Berkeley

K-12 Programs

Cal Performances believes that the arts are essential to education. We provide a vital link to artistic excellence through our K-12 programs for thousands of children per year. SchoolTime features the same artist on the main season in one hour daytime performances and customized study guides. Preview the list of 2013/14 SchoolTime performances, and find out more about Cal Performances K-12 programs: Cal Performances in the Classroom, TEMPO (Teens Empowered by Music and Performance Opportunities), and AileyCamp.

SchoolTime: Over the past 25 years, many thousands of Bay Area schoolchildren have experienced the performing arts at weekday performances in Zellerbach Hall featuring the same outstanding music, dance, theater, and acrobatic programs featured on our main season. Customized study guides offer tools for teachers to integrate the arts into their core curriculum.

All SchoolTime performances take place from 11 am to 12 noon in Zellerbach Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus.


2014/15 SchoolTime Performances

The 2014/15 SchoolTime schedule, brochure and registration will be available in summer 2014. For more information about SchoolTime, contact the Education Programs Administrator at
Cal Performances in the Classroom is a comprehensive arts integration program comprised of a professional development workshop for teachers; classroom work with teaching artists; and a culminating SchoolTime performance. Designed to increase student engagement and understanding, this program was created with the Berkeley Unified School District as a team of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Partnerships Program.

Teacher workshops take place at Longfellow Middle School, 1500 Derby Street in Berkeley, and cost $40. Classroom visits are $70 and are scheduled following workshop participation.

Study Guides

Customized Study Guides designed for pre- and post-performance learning prepare students for their SchoolTime field trip with engaging activities and points for classroom discussions. Study guides:

  • Encourage critical thinking and help students prepare for and reflect on their experience at the theater.
  • Provide cultural, historical and artistic context for each performance.
  • Deliver comprehensive information about the artists and the art form.
  • Connect to core curricular areas such as social studies, literature and history.
  • Offer exercises designed to support California Content Standards for Visual and Performing Arts, Reading, and Language Arts, Social Studies and World Cultures.
  • Are available one month prior to the performance via mail, PDF, and on the Cal Performances web site.
Study Guides for the 2014/15 Season will be available prior to the performances.



Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp at Cal Performances: A tuition free summer program inspired by Alvin Ailey and fully funded and run by Cal Performances. Dance instruction in four disciplines—modern, ballet, African, and Jazz—is complemented by personal development and creative communication classes that develop self-esteem discipline and critical thinking in youth ages 11-14. More about AileyCamp >>
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