This inventive program builds basic music skills in the classroom as children learn songs from different cultures, reflect on their own communities, and develop listening and singing skills. During the 2013–2014 season, students in grades K-2 explore African American spirituals, the irresistible rhythms of Colombia, folk songs from Ireland and Russia, the Zulu beats of South Africa, and Brazilian samba, embarking on a musical journey through the diverse cultures found in the neighborhoods of their hometown—New York City. They also interact with the professional musicians featured in the program during culminating concerts each semester at Carnegie Hall.
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
interactive concerts (fall and spring) per year in Zankel Hall
featuring multi-cultural vocalists
• A yearlong curriculum guide
with accompanying CD, featuring lessons and extensions for both
music and general classroom teachers
• One required professional development workshop
"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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