This inventive program for students in grades K–2 partners Carnegie Hall with New York City schoolteachers to build basic music skills in the classroom as children learn songs from different cultures, reflect on their own communities, and develop singing and listening skills. During the 2015–2016 season, students explore Greek folk, Malian traditional, Indian classical, salsa, jazz, and Southeast Asian traditional music. Students also interact with professional musicians featured in the program during culminating concerts each semester at Carnegie Hall.
This year, organizations around the country are adapting Musical Explorers for use in their own communities. Partner organizations work with Carnegie Hall to develop versions of the program that feature artists and cultures from their own areas.
was absolutely amazing. I
love the program and how it ties neighborhoods, countries, and music
together. The concert was absolutely amazing! The classes loved it, the
teachers loved it, and the kids can't stop talking about actually seeing
the performers live after reading and learning about them. I am so
impressed … I am totally wowed!"
—Participating teacher from PS 139K
"My week in New York, working with the folks at Carnegie … was one of
the highlights of my professional career so far ... and sharing this
music with new generations ... watching them connect with the music and
the messages ... the best!"
—Joe Jencks, Musical Explorers artist
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