• Link Up in the New York City Area: The Orchestra Swings

    We are excited to announce the premiere of a new curriculum, The Orchestra Swings, which brings a jazz ensemble together with the orchestra to explore the many ways that music can swing. Through the Link Up repertoire and hands-on activities, the curriculum investigates the concepts of rhythm, form, improvisation, and communication. Repertoire includes works by Ellington, Gershwin, Bernstein, and a new work by composer Courtney Bryan for jazz septet and orchestra commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The culminating performance will feature students singing, performing on recorder or violin, and dancing from their seats along with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and a professional jazz ensemble in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.

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  • Program Features

    • One interactive concert in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage featuring a professional orchestra, conductor, and Link Up students from the Tri-State Area
    • One required professional development workshop, plus optional workshops for additional professional development and program enrichment
    • The Orchestra Swings teacher guide with an accompanying CD and  one soprano recorder for each teacher
    • The Orchestra Swings student guide and one soprano recorder for each student
    • Online materials and resources, including program videos, additional lessons and multimedia content
  • Link Up Resources
    The Orchestra Rocks
    This curriculum explores rhythm, pulse, and groove. Resources include lesson plans, audio, student workbooks, and basic assessment tools.
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    The Orchestra Sings
    This curriculum explores how composers create great melodies. Resources include lesson plans, audio, student workbooks, and basic assessment tools.
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    The Orchestra Moves
    This curriculum explores how composers create musical movement using motifs and melodic direction. Resources include lesson plans, audio, student workbooks, and basic assessment tools.
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    Beginnings
    This curriculum is a general music-literacy resource that introduces students to the orchestra, music notation, and basic recorder skills. Includes audio selections.
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  • Lead support for Link Up is provided by the Fund II Foundation.

    Additional funding for Link Up is provided by The Ambrose Monell Foundation and the Barker Welfare Foundation.

    Link Up in New York City schools is made possible, in part, by an endowment gift from The Irene Diamond Fund.

    The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.