The Ensembles-in-Schools program allows small groups of Springfield Symphony musicians to travel to area elementary and middle schools to perform for the students. Each small ensemble presents a 30-minute program for as many as 200 students at each school visited. These brief programs are designed to heighten awareness of a variety of musical styles, to explain why different musical instruments create different sounds, and to demonstrate how music expresses emotions and creates beauty. A question-and-answer session following each performance allows the young students to learn from the musicians and creates a more rewarding educational experience for the students. The Ensembles-in-Schools program provides a significant experience in musical education. This outreach is critically important to the quality of education in the Springfield community.