Tommy Banks Centre

Tommy Banks believed that music has the power to change lives. We at the ESO and Winspear Centre believe this too. That’s why we launched the Tommy Banks Centre for Musical Creativity in 2013, building upon our reputation for innovative educational programs to offer broader and deeper access to musical discovery for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Through a range of immersive programs, the Banks Centre encourages people from all walks of life to discover the joy of musical exploration, creation, and connection. From underserved youth studying orchestral music in our YONA-Sistema program, to adults with Parkinson’s disease being mentored through a “jam session” by ESO musicians, to local students learning about the science of sound at a week-long Sound School program, all members of Edmonton’s diverse public have the opportunity to immerse themselves in music – as spectators, as apprentices, as creators.

The Banks Centre delivers revolutionary musical arts enrichment programs that act as catalysts for musical discovery and exploration, so that current and future generations can experience the transformative power of music on a personal level.

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YONA Quarter Notes



Learn about YONA-Sistema, a program to bring music into schools within the Edmonton community.

Music Box Babies

Parents, do you know that your baby has memories of the music they heard before they were born? Nurture your child's innate musicality with a program involving singing, moving, and instruments designed specifically for babies and toddlers!

Music Appreciation Online

New online courses, taught by musicologist D.T. Baker and ESO Assistant Conductor and Community Ambassador Cosette Justo Valdés.

Create Your Own Program

We have customizable programming that includes individual activities from our most popular programs ranging from 45 minutes to 60 minutes. Join one of our education professionals at the Winspear, in your place of learning, or online!

Summer Day Camps

Register today for our 2021 Summer Day Camps!
Instruments are provided. No prior music instruction is required

Wee Ones at the Winspear

Bring your group of pre-school and kindergarten little ones to the Winspear Centre for hands-on musical fun!

Science of Sound

During this full-day Grade 3 program, students have the unique opportunity to tour the Winspear Centre from top to bottom, learning about sound through hands-on inquiry.

Sound School

During this Inquiring Minds site-based classroom experience, students spend a full week at the Winspear Centre, exploring acoustics, music, and the science of sound through hands-on inquiry.

Rusty Musicians

Programs for adults who want to refresh their musical skills.

Open Dress Rehearsals

Bring students in grades 7-12 to catch a sneak peek of the ESO at work!

Education Concerts

Presented by Imperial Oil. Bring students in grades K-6 for educational and entertaining ESO concerts that are connected with the Alberta curriculum.

Young Composers Project

Are you a high school student who loves to compose? This is your opportunity to be mentored by a professional composer and to have your piece performed by the ESO!

Conducting Your Business

Find ways to develop communication skills in the workplace by learning from conductor Rob Kapilow and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Music Teacher Directory

A list of ESO musicians currently offering musical instruction.