This inventive program, for which Carnegie Hall partners with teachers at schools throughout New York City, builds 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 2014-2015 season, students explore Haitian, Mexican, Argentine, classical, jug band, and Yiddish folk music styles. They also interact with professional musicians featured in the program during culminating concerts each semester at Carnegie Hall.
For the first time, organizations around the country are adapting Musical Explorers for use in their own communities this year. 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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